Written answers

Thursday, 20 May 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Cybersecurity Policy

Photo of Catherine MurphyCatherine Murphy (Kildare North, Social Democrats)
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273. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a schedule will be provided of IT and email security costs incurred over the past five years to date; and the contractor engaged to deliver the services and or system. [27274/21]

Photo of Norma FoleyNorma Foley (Kerry, Fianna Fail)
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The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) which is located within the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, is the primary cyber security authority in the State. The NCSC provides a range of cybersecurity services to operators of Critical National Infrastructure, Government Departments and Agencies.

My Department's cyber security protocols are supported by the work of the NCSC and the national computer security incident response team, CSIRT, which provides early warnings, alerts, announcements and dissemination of information about risk and incidents to my Department.

For operational and security reasons, my Department has been advised by the NCSC not to disclose details of systems and processes which could in any way compromise my Department’s information security posture. In particular, it is not considered appropriate to disclose any information, which might assist malicious actors to identify potential vulnerabilities or to disclose operational security matters.


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