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The HSE cyberattack should prompt us to join NATO

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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 989 ✭✭✭ineedeuro


    fly_agaric wrote: »
    On being "over the top", I don't think so.
    That HSE were the target might suggest they were particularly weak (vs some other area of public sector), but maybe that should be a wake up call that more needs to be done generally?
    Also, a better resourced/more capable/larger govt. body auditing them for cybersecurity and getting on their case about their weaknesses might have led the HSE to protect itself better and avoided this.

    Each government department should have a security assessment. This is the very basic.

    Once they are reviewed we should discuss how bad security is/isn’t in ireland


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,205 ✭✭✭✭hmmm


    NATO has agreed today at their summit that a cyber-attack could lead to invoking the collective defense clause.

    The US is becoming very vocal on ransomware attacks and the responses they are considering. NATO countries are moving towards a model where their military will provide some level of cyber-defenses to wider society. The obvious eventual outcome is that ransomware operators will avoid targeting US entities & those who have a defense pact with them, and target weaker countries where they are unlikely to face repercussions.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,891 ✭✭✭sparky42


    The EU is to create a joint cyber security unit by this time next year to counter major cyber attacks like the HSE one. Course since it’s likely we still won’t be funding cyber defences we’ll just have to hope they can handle things.
    https://www.independent.ie/business/world/eu-proposes-new-security-unit-to-counter-increasing-number-of-cyber-attacks-40574244.html


  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 989 ✭✭✭ineedeuro


    sparky42 wrote: »
    The EU is to create a joint cyber security unit by this time next year to counter major cyber attacks like the HSE one. Course since it’s likely we still won’t be funding cyber defences we’ll just have to hope they can handle things.
    https://www.independent.ie/business/world/eu-proposes-new-security-unit-to-counter-increasing-number-of-cyber-attacks-40574244.html

    We are funding cyber defences. Otherwise the ransomware would have taken out the whole government, do you honestly think the hackers just went after the HSE and didn't bother with any other government department?

    They will go after all of them to have max exposure and max reward to bring systems back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,891 ✭✭✭sparky42


    ineedeuro wrote: »
    We are funding cyber defences. Otherwise the ransomware would have taken out the whole government, do you honestly think the hackers just went after the HSE and didn't bother with any other government department?

    They will go after all of them to have max exposure and max reward to bring systems back.

    What we spend on cyber defence is public, if you think it’s anything close enough to protect the state you are living in a fantasy, it’s no different from the laughable amount we spend on the DF. The HSE got hit because it’s the easiest with massive vulnerabilities, and major silo systems within it with no work down to the legacy Health Board isolated systems.


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