Dáil Éireann - Volume 685 - 23 June, 2009
Written Answers. - Cyber Warfare.
Deputy Liz McManus Deputy Liz McManus
Deputy Liz McManus asked the Minister for Defence the action taken by him to bring  the national capacity for defence against cyber warfare up to the required standard; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24701/09]
Deputy Willie O’Dea Deputy Willie O’Dea
Deputy Willie O’Dea: Cyber security, cyber crime and internet security represent challenges that are constantly evolving and require vigilance and appropriate responses. Cyber security is multi facetted. The nature of the threat and the potential impact also varies considerably depending on the approach and objective of those with malicious intent.
In the first instance, each State agency, business and individual should take every precaution with regard to their security. Awareness of security, the risks and available safeguards, can be seen as the first line of defence for the security of information systems and networks. I am aware of considerable activity in this regard. My colleague the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources has undertaken a number of awareness campaigns aimed at individuals, SMEs , the education sector, the public Sector and business. My colleague the Minister for Justice and the Garda Síochána are also active in areas such as cyber crime and cyber bullying. The legislative programme includes the Criminal Justice (Cybercrime and Attacks against Information Systems) Bill, being prepared by the Department of Justice. This Bill gives effect to the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime as well as to the EU Framework Decision on attacks against Information Systems.
My Department and the Defence Forces focus on the risks and threats arising in the context of the roles laid down by Government for the Defence Forces. My Department and the Defence Forces implement a programme of continuous review in relation to ICT security in order to keep up to date with current threat levels. This risk assessment is carried out by a high-level Board comprising civil and military personnel and is supported by sub-groups who carry out specific reviews where a security risk is identified. Detailed policies and guidelines are provided to all users of ICT systems and considerable resources are invested in assessing weaknesses and protecting systems against cyber attack and malicious security breaches. I would also point out that the Defence Forces take comprehensive measures with regard to the security of their information and communications systems when deployed, in Ireland and overseas. Details of measures taken are not publicised for security reasons, but given the levels of upgrading and increased protection put in place in recent years, the vulnerability to such attacks has been greatly minimised.
Question No. 79 answered with Question No. 46.
Question No. 80 answered with Question No. 50.
Dáil Éireann 685 Written Answers. Cyber Warfare.