On Tuesday, I spoke on my colleague Deputy Clare Daly’s amendments to the Aircraft Noise (Dublin Airport) Regulation Bill 2018. On Wednesday morning, I asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment about cybersecurity and new regulations for Operators of Essential Services and I enquired whether the Irish government was lethargic on cybersecurity issues.
We are used to traffic filtering on our websites, including the Oireachtas website, although I believe the latter was down this morning. Is it not the case that the Government has been very lethargic? It is now nearly three years since the EU network and information systems directive, No. 2016/1148, was introduced. The Government has been engaging in consultation only recently. I am not sure exactly what happened under the Minister’s predecessor. Who has been designated operator of essential services? Exactly what changes to security and instant reporting will have to happen on foot of the directive if we are to have secure systems in essential services?