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 Kieran O'DonnellKieran O'Donnell (Limerick City, Fine Gael) | Oireachtas source

We have an executive summary of the redacted version of the FireEye capacity review. Would it be possible for the committee to get a copy of the full document, even if it also had to be redacted? We understand the confidentiality aspect.

My second point is on a recurring theme here. We accept all the work done by the NCSC and the Minister of State, but we had an expert in here who said that if one was to base the €7 million - of which approximately €2 million is capital spending and €5 million current, if I am correct - per capitarelative to the UK, we should be spending approximately ten times that figure, or in the region of €50 million per year. We are spending €5 million, which will probably go up next year, because, extra staff will be coming in. We appreciate that. How does the Minister of State respond to in that regard? We want to assist him in getting the maximum amount of money from the Government. The HSE attack was certainly a wake-up call and everyone will accept that. How does the Minister of State address the fact that it is being said that it should be ten times the €5 million being spent per annum on national cybersecurity and current operational expenditure?


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