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

Yes, absolutely. This kind of attack is easy to originate. You can originate it from any part of the world and direct it suddenly from one continent to another. You cannot defend against it without co-operation, so it absolutely requires co-operation between like-minded nations to deal with it. During the response to the ransomware attack on the HSE, we were contacted by the Polish authorities, who had been attacked by the same group, and they shared very useful information with us. We worked with the New Zealand authorities. There is a lot of European co-operation and also co-operation between countries that are in NATO and countries that are not NATO members at every level, including police force level. That will continue to happen. We will have the capacity to do it, and that is what the capacity review is all about. It is about saying what resources we will need each year for the coming five years to achieve this. Our response to that report is to go beyond it and say: "Yes, we accept this and we will put in more resources than you recommended."


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