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.
Any person or organisation can make a representation in relation to the draft consultation document. Interested parties have 30 working days to make their submission. These representations will be considered before the final version of the Strategy is published and comes into operation.
To make a submission as part of this consultation, please complete our online form. Alternatively, please email your submission to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to:
Internet Policy Division - Consultation
Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment
29-31 Adelaide Road
The deadline for submissions is close of business on Wednesday 1st May 2019.
Please note, submissions received as part of this consultation will not be published. However, responses to this consultation are subject to the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2014 . Confidential or commercially sensitive information should be clearly identified in your submission.