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

I thank the Chair. One must look at this in the context of a sixfold increase in cyberattacks in the past two years. Any organisation that faces a sixfold increase in its workload will without doubt be challenged and it cannot magic skilled staff out of nowhere no matter how much money is available. The report absolutely did not say that the NCSC was unfit for purpose but that it needed more resources. Of course, the NCSC needs more resources because the load of work and attacks that it must respond to have increased dramatically and suddenly.


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