Thursday, 11 July 2019

Ceisteanna (475)

Jack Chambers


475. Deputy Jack Chambers asked the Minister for Health the cybersecurity protocols under the remit of his Department; if it has had a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30589/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

My Department implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security and to protecting our ICT systems, data and infrastructure. This includes preventative controls like firewalls, anti-virus and endpoint protection alongside an advanced network intrusion detection system. Software vulnerabilities are managed by maintaining up-to-date versions.

Regular communications are issued to staff, reminding them of their obligations around cyber security and informing them of any emerging threats.

My Department continues to engage with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) based in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and receives regular updates from the State's national/governmental Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT-IE).

I am advised that there have been no cyber security breaches within the Department in the past 12 months