Written answers

Wednesday, 6 October 2021

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

Cybersecurity Policy

Photo of Violet WynneViolet Wynne (Clare, Sinn Fein)
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89. To ask the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth if all of the information and data that was lost during the cyber-attack has been restored, consolidated; and if the HSE systems are up-to-date. [48626/21]

Photo of Roderic O'GormanRoderic O'Gorman (Dublin West, Green Party)
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The Child and Family Agency, Tusla has indicated there has been no evidence to date of its data being lost or used inappropriately by unauthorised individuals or organisations. This substantiates finding from HSE investigations and remains under active review in the ongoing response to the cyber attack.

In relation to data restoration and consolidation caused by the cyber attack, I can only comment on Tusla's data. Any queries in relation to the HSE's data should be directed to the Minister for Health.

The National Childcare Information System (NCCIS) had functionality restored in June which allowed Tusla staff access to data that was unavailable during the cyber attack. During the cyber attack Tusla staff switched to a manual record approach. Once access was restored to the NCCIS, staff prioritised the input of new referrals into the system. Case information and updates that were recorded on paper are now being entered into the NCCIS retrospectively.

Tusla continues to work with the HSE and other Government bodies to check the remaining HSE servers for any signs of concern. Tusla’s Data Management Strategy 2019-2022 includes a plan to migrate all Tusla data sources that are on HSE servers to new environments within Tusla. This process has already begun and will be expedited over 2021 and 2022.

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