The term ‘Cyber Security’ refers to the body of technologies, processes, and practices designed to protect networks, devices, programmes, and data from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. As such, it refers to the full range of measures designed to protect IT systems and ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data services.
Disruption to our digital assets brings significant economic costs and undermines trust and confidence in them. The State works to reduce risks to Internet infrastructure and services in the interests of a resilient, secure and trustworthy online environment that citizens and businesses can rely upon for social and economic interaction. We work with other Government Departments, key industries such as energy and telecommunications and with international partners in the interests of securing or key digital assests, and the infrastructure that relies on these.
We achieve this through the work of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the development of legislative and non legislative means. The NCSC was established in 2011 following a Government Decision, and is the operational function of the Department with regard to cyber security. Its roles were set out in detail by the 2015 National Cyber security Strategy, and it will play a critical role in the implementation of the Network and Information Security Directive.