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Child and Family Agency

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (482)

Réada Cronin


482. Deputy Réada Cronin asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the date when Tusla began to transfer its files to digital format; the number of files on children and families that are held digitally; the date of advertising for the role of a national digital security director or equivalent and the subsequent filling of same; the date of advertising for a national data security director or equivalent and the subsequent filling of same; the number of other digital security and data managers that have been deemed necessary in the management of this sensitive information; when these posts were advertised and filled; the number who have been appointed to date; the number who are currently in situ in relation the digital files of Tusla given the extreme sensitivity of the information Tusla holds on children and families; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [29823/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

The Tusla Data Management Strategy 2019 – 2022, published on its website, sets out a comprehensive vision for data management and an ambitious road map for the development, promotion and adoption of excellence in Data Management across the Agency. On establishment, Tusla inherited services that operated in environments with limited data maturity and has worked since establishment to improve data security. It is not possible at this point to identify the number of digital files held by Tusla on children and their families.

Tusla has advised that Tusla Recruit has successfully hired the following employees through bespoke campaigns for the ICT Department:

- A Director of ICT was appointed in 2017;

- 4 Senior Manager roles (General Manager grade) have since been appointed:

- Applications and Software Development Manager;

- Data and Business Intelligence Manager;

- ICT Infrastructure Manager;

- Service Delivery Manager.

- A General Manager ICT, with responsibility for security Policy & Compliance was appointed in 2021.

- All of the positions have security as part of their specific role.

Tusla has also advised that following the establishment of Tusla ICT, the Agency has engaged an external ICT Security Partner.  This is also supplemented with contract security specialists.