Minister for Communications Alex White, TD, today (Thursday) published Ireland's National Cyber Security Strategy, which outlines how the Government will continue to facilitate the security of the country's computer networks and associated infrastructure.
The Strategy, which sets out the Government's vision of a secure and reliable cyberspace to optimise and promote use of information systems for economic and social growth, outlines actions that will:
- Continue to improve the resilience of networks in critical infrastructure and the public service
- Raise awareness of the importance of cyber security to business and citizens, and support them in securing their networks, devices and information;
- Further develop a culture of cyber security across society, including through cooperation with the education system, industry and academia;
- Continue to build on Ireland's global reputation as a technology and information security hub, and help promote Ireland as the location of choice for ICT businesses.
Minister White said: "This Strategy published today sets out how Ireland addresses cyber threats and protects against them. Ireland's digital economy contributes 5% of national GDP and provides employment for over 100,000 people. That's why protecting personal data, sustaining investment and ensuring the continued reliable functioning of information and communication technologies, and of the Internet, are priorities for Ireland."
In 2011, the Government approved the establishment of a Computer Security and Incident Response Team (CSIRT-IE) in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources. This team works with Government agencies and private industry to facilitate secure systems and information. CSIRT-IE participates in national, EU and international emergency response exercises and provides expert advice to Government departments and industry on specific cyber threats and incidents. In 2012, the Department, in partnership with industry sponsors, re-launched the "Make-IT-Secure" campaign, which informs small and medium sized businesses and the general public about steps they can take to improve their cyber security.
Officials in the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources have been working with officials in other departments to deliver this strategy. The strategy includes a series of measures to improve the network and information security used by Government departments and agencies; continued engagement in European and global fora on network and information security; education and training to help citizens and small-to-medium enterprises (SME) better protect themselves online; and the development of a programme of structured exercises for critical national infrastructure owners and public sector bodies.
To support this Strategy, the National Cyber Security Centre will be formally established within the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, where it will continue to coordinate cyber security measures.
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The National Cyber Security Strategy is available to download from here.