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 appreciate that the committee is trying to help me. We are all on the same page. We all want fantastic cybersecurity defences for our nation and we want them to be properly resourced. That is absolutely fine. What would help this discussion, however - this has been brought up by a number of Deputies and Senators - would be to have a broader accounting in respect of how much money is being spent in different sections of the State public sector bodies on cybersecurity, rather than focusing on the NCSC all the time and then making comparisons with other countries which are counting other parts of their expenditure that are different from ours. The Garda and the Army are spending money. I would love to come back to the Chair with more information in order that a fair comparison can be made.


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