Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees

Wednesday, 3 November 2021

Joint Oireachtas Committee on European Union Affairs

EU Cybersecurity Strategy: Discussion

Photo of Sharon KeoganSharon Keogan (Independent) | Oireachtas source

I thank our guests for their presentations. I have a couple of questions, one of which has been addressed by Ms Boix Alonso in her consideration of the skills shortage and how we are going to combat that. That will be one of the biggest challenges we will face in cybersecurity. We must find the brightest and the best for our teams both nationally and at a European level. One of the projects on which we worked together is the EU digital Covid certificate. It has been a large, collaborative project and more than 800 million people have Covid certificates. What measures has the EU taken to avoid cybersecurity attacks on the management of that particular system? Perhaps our guests can reassure us in that regard. If we cannot get that right, we will not be able to get any other critical infrastructure right, whether that is to do with water, health or finance, including the mooted digital euro project which is due in the next number of years. The Covid certificate project is a pilot project for the digital sphere and I am wondering what cybersecurity measures have been taken to ensure the system does not get hacked.


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