As a society, we have benefitted hugely from internet based technologies; however this reliance brings with it a number of new vulnerabilities and risks, each posing some challenging questions for Government and for society. The 2015 National Cyber Security Strategy established an initial set of measures, and has led to the ongoing development of the National Cyber Security Centre and new legislatively based approach to the protection of critical national infrastructure. However, the challenges for policy are such that continued evolution is critical; the next National Cyber Security Strategy marks an opportunity to adapt and implement national policy responses across Government to meet these emerging challenges.
The development of a new National Cyber Security Strategy will also assist in ensuring that Ireland positions itself to take full advantage of opportunities presented by these developments. Already, more than 6,000 people in Ireland are employed in the Cyber Security sector; we are well placed to take further advantage of the fact that Ireland has become a home for so many data centric industries, and to build further opportunities for employment growth.
This public consultation includes 10 specific questions, seeking responses and ideas as to how the State can respond to all of these issues – both threats and opportunities. The key themes selected to shape our strategic approach to Cyber Security in Ireland are 'Protect', 'Develop' and 'Engage' and the 10 questions are organised as such.
This consultation closed on Wednesday 1 May 2019. Submissions received as part of this consultation will not be published. However, responses to this consultation were subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 .