Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
National Cyber Security Centre Review: Discussion
I am not trying to engage in any kind of blame game. I appreciate all of the work being done by the 100,000 people involved in the HSE. However, their lives became far more difficult after this attack than was the case before. We are probably all guilty of not changing passwords as often as we should or of making them more simple than they might otherwise be. I wonder if all of the people in the HSE have changed their passwords at this stage? Have they done the most simple tasks? Is it the case that they are not sharing passwords, that they are not sticking passwords at the top of their screens and that they are not doing all of those things we have all been told not to do? Clearly, the challenges and problems that were presented following the attack far outweigh the complexity of having to change a password, annoying as that may be.