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

Part of that will be decided in the coming weeks in the budget discussions. There have been estimates of what was needed for this year. There was a large increase in the cybersecurity budget last year. Overall, the NCSC's budget is a small portion of the cybersecurity expenditure to protect the State. All the money that is spent on cybersecurity to protect Ireland's national infrastructure is being spent in each of the critical infrastructure bodies and by staff who are employed in them. I go back to the analogy of the fire service. If you asked how much money does it cost to prevent buildings in Ireland from catching fire, that is not the budget of the fire brigade. Most - nearly all - of that money is spent on fire prevention. The moneys and budget are spent by the-----


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