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 Ruairi Ó MurchúRuairi Ó Murchú (Louth, Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

The main work is that of a preventative nature that must be done by the NCSC. I refer to ensuring that everyone follows best practice, that we have fireproofing in place and that we no longer have the weaknesses such as those that, for many reasons, existed within the HSE. Regarding this increased capacity, I assume that we are reasonably happy with whatever the interaction is now with critical infrastructure organisations from the perspective of avoiding similar ransomware attacks.

I also appreciate that we are talking about ensuring that there is a decent relationship with academia and industry. I state that because several experts said that there are people with expertise in many colleges, including in Dublin City University, DCU, where I went. Those people have the required expertise and provide specialised courses in respect of cybersecurity, cryptography and all the other aspects and they probably should have been engaged at an earlier stage. Once we can ensure that will happen in future, however, it will be useful.


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