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 Gerard CraughwellGerard Craughwell (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I was not going to go there. We are always chasing the criminal when it comes to virus software and we are always chasing the criminal when it comes to any sort of criminal behaviour, just as we are chasing the hardware when we are trying to develop the latest software. These are serious issues. Things like ethical hacking need to be proactive in the country if we are to be sure and safe. That would also apply to the schools, as noted by my colleague, Deputy Cathal Crowe. In the college where I worked in Blackrock, which the Minister of State knows well, we spent anything up to €100,000 a year on computer hardware, anti-virus software and cybersecurity systems. I know every school would not have that advantage. By the way, my school was a VEC, not a private school. In any case, I have taken enough time.


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