Tuesday, 27 July 2021

Questions (161)

Gary Gannon


161. Deputy Gary Gannon asked the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications the role or responsibility of the National Cyber Security Centre in the context of national defence and security. [41409/21]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has a broad remit across the cyber security of Government ICT and critical national infrastructure. The Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) is the key cyber security response entity within the NCSC. The CSIRT acts as a central contact point in the event of a government or nation-wide cyber security incident affecting the State, including the provision of advisory notices to its core group of government departments, state agencies, and organisations responsible for critical national infrastructure. The role and functions of the CSIRT are set out in the European Union (Measures for a High Common Level of Security of Network and Information Systems) Regulations 2018, S.I. No. 360 of 2018.  

The NCSC works collaboratively with the Defence Forces, An Garda Síochána and the National Security Analysis Centre (NSAC) in the Department of the Taoiseach and there are long standing arrangements for staff secondments from the Defence Forces and Gardaí into the NCSC. The NCSC also works closely with the Office of Emergency Planning (OEP) in the Department of Defence and leads with respect to a Threat Sharing Group comprising senior private sector cyber security specialists, critical infrastructure operators, the Defence Forces and An Garda Síochána.