Written answers

Tuesday, 25 May 2021

Department of Rural and Community Development

Cybersecurity Policy

Photo of Peadar TóibínPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Aontú)
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598. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development the investment made by her Department and State agencies under its remit in each year in cyber security for the past ten years. [28849/21]

Photo of Heather HumphreysHeather Humphreys (Cavan-Monaghan, Fine Gael)
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My Department's ICT services are provided by the Office of the Government Chief Information Officer (OGCIO).

I have been informed that the OGCIO implements a security-by-design and defence-in-depth approach to cyber security. The OGCIO continues to operate and monitor all relevant systems to the highest levels, and is closely engaged with experts in the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) to ensure that best practice is implemented as it relates to all aspects of Cybersecurity.

For operational and security reasons, the Department and the OGCIO has been advised by the NCSC not to disclose details of systems and processes which could in any way compromise these efforts. In particular, it is not considered appropriate to disclose information which might assist criminals to identify potential vulnerabilities in any Department's cybersecurity arrangements or those of the agencies under its aegis. Therefore no details can be disclosed in relation to cyber security tools and services or the costs associated with same.


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