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

On the Deputy's point about whether there should be cybersecurity investment across all of Government and so on, I am looking to have that included as an objective within the national development plan, which is due to come out shortly.

The Deputy also asked why it is not going to grow faster and why it is a five-year plan rather than a two-year one. The NCSC has been growing since 2018. There is a limit to how fast you can organically grow an organisation, do it well and recruit the right people. This is a highly specialist area. We are doing it as quickly as our external consultants recommended was possible. Thus it is a five-year plan rather than a two-year one. It would be great to suddenly be able to explode it in size overnight but that is what it is. What was the Deputy's other point?


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