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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

Cyber Security Protocols

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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894. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the cybersecurity protocols under the remit of her Department; if it has had a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30586/19]

Photo of Regina DohertyRegina Doherty (Meath East, Fine Gael)
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My Department takes Information Security (IS) issues very seriously and has a comprehensive set of Information Security policies, procedures, plans and controls in place to safeguard and strengthen its ICT systems against cyber-attacks.

My Department has a dedicated cyber security unit which constantly monitors for cyber security breaches and carries out security reviews on a regular basis. Details of specific measures taken or products in use, are not publicised for security reasons. I am advised that in the past 12 months, my Department has not recorded any cyber security breaches.

My Department also works closely with the Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT-IE) and monitors cyber threat intelligence information from domestic sources such as National Cyber Security Centre as well as international sources and undertakes all appropriate follow-up actions and remediation.


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