Tuesday, 5 November 2019
Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Information and Communications Technology
107. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the number of computers in his Department that still use an operating system (details supplied) in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44712/19]
My Department is in the process of migrating its computer devices from the Windows 7 operating system to Windows 10. Currently there are 1,320 Windows 7 machines in use.
This number will be greatly reduced in the coming months as the process of replacing machines advances.
108. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if his Department will not be forced to pay additional premium payments to a company (details supplied) once support for an operating system expires in January 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44728/19]
My Department is in the process of migrating computer devices from the Windows 7 operating system to Windows 10. For technical reasons this migration may not be fully complete by January 2020. In this context, Windows 7 machines will continue to receive security updates despite changes in the licensing model. The licensing costs associated with a limited number of security upgrades are not yet finalised but are expected to be modest.
109. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to protect his Department in the event of a malware attack or security risks as a result of the failure to upgrade computers from an operating system (details supplied) in his Department and the agencies under his remit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44744/19]
My Department deploys a comprehensive Security Incident and Event Management system along with a robust incident response plan to deal with malware incidents, regardless of operating system. The Department also works closely with the National Cyber Security Centre to identify and understand risks and to inform effective mitigation.