Dr. Donna O'Shea on Prime Time discussing the HSE cyber attack

19 May, 2021

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Chair of Cybersecurity at MTU and Project Lead at Cyber Skills, Dr. Donna O'Shea appears on RTE Prime Time. The segment covers the devastating cyber attack on the HSE, the gangs behind the crime, how it was orchestrated and the implications for those affected.

RTE Prime Time Security Correspondent Barry Cummins interviews Security Consultant at BH Consulting, Brian Honan, who describes how an attack like this can occur and how they are happening globally; Security Researcher Darren Martyn outlines the ecosystem that exists within Cyber Crime and why some choose to pay the ransom; and Russian Investigative Journalist, Andrei Soldatov, explains why it is so difficult to bring cyber criminals to justice. 

Following the report, Prime Time presenter Sarah Mc Inerney talks to Founding CEO of GCHQ's Cybersecurity Centre, Professor Ciaran Martin, about the HSE attack and whether to pay the ransom.

Dr. Donna O'Shea discusses the importance of cybersecurity and how protecting your network, system and your data is essential as the data you store is extremely valuable to cyber criminals who want to exploit it. "Cybersecurity is essential to prevent cyber criminals from gaining access to this data," Donna explains.

"Once an attacker gets access beyond the firewall, it is soft and gooey and the entity or attacker is actually trusted. This means the attack can move across the network and can have a profound impact in terms of affecting the performance of the network."

To watch the entire Prime Time segment, please click here

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