Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 22 September 2021
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport
National Cyber Security Centre Review: Discussion
We will write formally to the Minister of State. We think that in the short term he should request that all Departments incorporate cybersecurity spending in their Estimates. That should be possible and it would enable the Minister of State to gather that information very quickly. We spoke about the framework the Minister of State is looking at in terms of the reporting. A structured framework should be put in place so that when people are attacked, instead of immediately taking the default position and paying the ransom, they will instead engage with authorities such as the HSE. That is how we can ensure these pirates do not come knocking on the door all the time. We must let it be known that Ireland is not a haven for cyber pirates. We will write to the Minster of State formally in that regard, if that is okay.