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As has often been the case in Ireland, it is only when something goes wrong — typically badly wrong — that people want to know what the State is doing.

This year, the HSE cyberattack, along with the tsunami of scam calls and texts, have shone a bright light on cyberdefences in this country.

And, as is usually the case in these situations, the government of the day lists off plans and commitments and strategies.

There is a promised expansion of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), albeit from a low base and after many years of neglect.

A redacted summary of an external review of the NCSC, published last week, praised the quality and experience of staff in the centre.

Plans and promises

The review, ordered before the HSE attack, says the NCSC is under-resourced and overworked, and that its workload is only going to increase.

It says the centre needs its own dedicated office, independence, and budget.

The Government has pledged that staff at the centre…

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