Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (857, 858, 859)

Alan Kelly

Question:

857. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the number of computers in his Department that still use an operating system (details supplied) in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44706/19]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

858. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if his Department will not be forced to pay additional premium payments to a company (details supplied) once support for an operating system expires in January 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44722/19]

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Alan Kelly

Question:

859. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment his plans to protect his Department in the event of a malware attack or security risks as a result of the failure to upgrade computers from an operating system (details supplied) in his Department and the agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44738/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 857 to 859, inclusive, together.

My Department currently has 552 devices using the Windows 7 operating system. My Department has not been informed of any additional charges with regard to extended support for the Windows 7 operating system beyond January 2020. There is no obligation on my Department to accept any additional premium payments for on-going support that may be applied by Microsoft from January 2020. My Department has a complex security infrastructure deployed that incorporates the use of hardware and software to protect all network assets and devices on the Department's network and my Department is satisfied that this infrastructure is providing optimum protection to the Departments ICT network.

My Department is working with our shared service provider, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, to implement a phased migration of all computers on the network to a later version of the Windows operating system during 2020.