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Thursday, 11 July 2019

Department of Finance

Cyber Security Protocols

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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158. To ask the Minister for Finance the cybersecurity protocols under the remit of his Department; if it has had a cybersecurity breach in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30587/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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In relation to my Department, I wish to advise that ICT services are provided by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO) under the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. 

My Department implements a multi-layered approach to cyber security and to protecting ICT systems, infrastructures, and services.   On behalf of my Department, OGCIO implements a defence-in-depth security strategy which is achieved through the effective combination of People, Processes, and Technology to support the implementation of appropriate security measures and provisions.  With the threat landscape constantly evolving, significant effort is expended to continually enhance and strengthen ICT security to mitigate against emerging threats, risks, vulnerabilities and cybersecurity issues.  In terms of cyber security strategies, my Department, through OGCIO, works closely with the National Cyber Security Centre which is a division of the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment and encompasses the State's national/governmental Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT-IE). 

My Department has no evidence to indicate any cybersecurity breaches in the past 12 months.

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