Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (46)

Ruairí Ó Murchú

Question:

46. Deputy Ruairí Ó Murchú asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the expected timeframe for the capacity review within the National Cyber Security Centre; when the centre will report on its recommendations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6429/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The 2019 National Cyber Security Strategy set out a series of measures to further improve and develop the capacity of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

In order to assess the capacity of the NCSC to deliver its objectives as set out in the strategy an external review of the NCSC has been commissioned. The capacity review, which commenced in January 2021, will examine the current organisational structure, staffing, work processes and financing of the NCSC and will benchmark it against international best practice models. Work in relation to the capacity review is on-going and the report of the independent experts is expected early in Q2. The findings of the review will then be considered and will inform decisions to be taken on the future resourcing of the NCSC.