According to the country’s communications minister, Denis Naughten, Ireland plans to set up a national cyber security centre.
The news comes less than a month after the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre officially opened for business combining all the government’s cyber security agencies under one roof.
At the EMEA Congress 2016 in Dublin, Naughten said: “I will bring a memorandum to cabinet next week to establish a national cyber security centre that will focus on securing government networks.
“The centre will build on the existing computer security incident response team that has been in place in my department since 2011, providing incident response services to government departments and core state agencies,”
Naughten said a key social, economic and political priority is Ireland’s national broadband plan, which will bring fibre-to-the-home to rural Ireland.
He added: “This means that the majority of consumers in rural Ireland will have access to services of up to 1 gigabit per second (Gbps), with symmetrical upload and download speeds for businesses.
“In addition, in last week’s budget in Ireland, funding was made available to facilitate the reallocation of the 700Mhz spectrum away from television broadcasting to support broadband and mobile telephony service plans, particularly in rural areas, which means a valuable spectrum band will be freed up to deliver mobile data, including 5G.”
As a result Ireland is now likely to be the first EU country to roll out 5G based on geographical factors rather than population density.
He said three quarters of consumers in Ireland reportedly manage their money or make payments using mobile devices, which is nearly 50% higher than the EU average.
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