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

When we have public consultations on cybersecurity, they are the bodies that respond. There are often only one or two individuals who respond and all of the others are large corporate bodies, tech giants or whatever. They have a particular interest in this area. We have a co-operative, not a fractious or confrontational, relationship. We work with those companies because we have the same goal, which is to protect Ireland, our assets and infrastructure from attack to ensure peace and continuity on the island. We are absolutely aligned and in clear communication with those companies at all times.

I appreciate the opportunity to appear before the committee. It gives me food for thought. The committee's questions were insightful and useful and came from different perspectives. I now have a couple of things on my to-do list. I hope my civil servants are happy to work with me on that and I think they are. I appreciate the committee's constructive approach to working with me. I thank committee members for attending.


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