New consultation seeks input on national cyber-attack strategy

New consultation seeks input on national cyber-attack strategy

A new public consultation is seeking input to a Government strategy to protect individuals, businesses and Ireland’s national security from cyber-attacks.

Communications Minister Richard Bruton launched the consultation on the new National Cyber Security Strategy this morning.

The strategy will set out the framework to protect against such threats as hacking, cyber-crime, cryptojacking, hacktivism and cyber espionage.

Mr Bruton said: “We have seen the risks that cyber-attacks can pose to a state’s security. We must ensure that our hospitals, schools, personal data and state infrastructure are protected and that Ireland is not vulnerable to such threats. We also need to make sure that individuals and businesses have the necessary safeguards in place to protect themselves.

“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. This is an issue of national importance. Today we are consulting on a new strategy which will see a stepping up of our capacity in this area.”

The consultation is now open and 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 consultation ends on 1 May 2019.

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