Business welcomes decision to expand National Cyber Security Centre

July 13, 2021

Ibec, the group that represents Irish business, welcomes Government’s announcement to expand the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Head of Ibec Digital Economy Policy, Erik O’Donovan said: “National cyber security and resilience are strategic business priorities for any modern society. The nature of our economy and services have become more innovation driven. We estimate that in 2019, there were over 248,000 employed in ‘digitally intensive’ sectors in Ireland. Recent Ibec research also indicates a business move towards more permanently digitalised way of conducting business into the future. We must safeguard our people, services, and businesses online by ensuring our national cyber security capabilities are adequately resourced, and that Ireland plays a strong role internationally in understanding and managing evolving cyber risks.

“Government should also intensify ongoing efforts to engage, co-ordinate and strengthen our cyber security ecosystem. By encouraging a pipeline of the relevant knowledge, skills, and talent in the State, we can enhance national cyber security and resilience and support the positioning of Ireland as a lead player in the cyber security industry.”