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Cybercrime policies/strategies

National Cyber Security Strategy 2019-2024 was adopted in December 2019. The government’s main objectives for the new National Cyber Security Strategy 2019 – 2024 are to ensure the state can respond to and manage incidents, including those with a national security component, and to protect critical national infrastructure from cyber-attacks. Under the new Strategy, more efforts are planned to increase skills as well as awareness among enterprises and private individuals around cybersecurity.


In terms of cybercrime, the strategy envisages supporting international cooperation to combat cybercrime and promote formal and informal cooperation in cyberspace, including by engaging in sustainable capacity building in third countries. Ratification of the Budapest convention by Q2 2021 is part of the commitment to combatting cybercrime.


Specialised institutions

Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau (GNCCB), An Garda Síochána


The investigation and prevention of cybercrime is the primary responsibility of the Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau (GNCCB). The Bureau is a separate section within Special Crime Operations which includes other national units and is under the direction of an Assistant Commissioner. The Bureau is headed by a Detective Superintendent with oversight from the Chief Superintendent of the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau. It is staffed by qualified forensic computer experts who have expertise in the area of cybercrime investigations and computer forensics. However, uniformed and detective officers within An Garda Síochána (Irish Police) are mandated to investigate all types of crime, including cybercrime. The advice and assistance of the GNCCB is available to all members of law enforcement when needed.


The Garda National Cyber Crime Bureau provides a 24/7 service to members of An Garda Síochána in the area of cybercrime and computer forensics. Outside office hours a member of the Bureau at management rank is available on request through the senior management at the Garda Communications Centre.


All urgent requests are prioritised on identified facts and risk factors and where deemed urgent, a forensic examiner/investigator is assigned to assist the local officer. A State prosecutor is available to police members of senior rank for consultation in terms of charges and potential prosecutions in all areas, including cybercrime


There are no specialized cybercrime prosecutors. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has no investigative function and no power to direct An Garda Síochána or other agencies in their investigations. The director may advise investigators in relation to the sufficiency of evidence to support nominated charges and the appropriateness of charges or in relation to legal issues arising in the course of investigation. They may also advise on the need to obtain further evidence or complete additional investigative actions.


CSIRT-IE – national Irish Computer Security Incident Response Team


CSIRT-IE is the body within Ireland’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) that provides assistance to constituents in responding to cyber security incidents at a national level for Ireland. The team has a strictly defined constituency consisting mainly of Government bodies and Critical National Infrastructure providers.




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