Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 22 September 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport

National Cyber Security Centre Review: Discussion

Photo of Ossian SmythOssian Smyth (Dún Laoghaire, Green Party) | Oireachtas source

The first question is how much money is needed for a new cybersecurity headquarters and there are two parts to the answer to this. First, we are building an interim headquarters to move into next year and then there is the permanent building, which will be a brand-new building which is being constructed for the entire Department. One floor of that will be used for the NCSC and will be built to the highest standards possible. On the cost of this, we tripled the capital budget last year for the NCSC, again, before this attack happened. The money provided will be dependent on the spec and what comes in on tender but there will not be a problem in providing for a “best of breed”, in other words, a world-class security operation centre to provide-----


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