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Medical Council outlines €500k ‘computer costs’

The Council’s annual reports for the past two years outline total expenditure on “computer costs” of €541,081.

According to the Council’s 2015 Annual Report, the total amount spent on “computer costs” for that year was €291,432.  The previous year the expenditure was €249,649. This expenditure is included in “general administration” costs of €1,127,295 in 2015 and €988,505 in 2014.

IT consultancy fees are included separately under ‘consultancy and other professional fees’, which were €15,442 in 2015 and €40,598 the previous year.

Actions in the Council’s business plan for 2016 include management and reporting of quarterly performance of the organisation through key performance indicators for a number of areas including ICT

Another action point is conducting preventative maintenance of all ICT systems, exampled as “maintenance of Medical Council virtual environment, in Kingram House and remote location and expand the Medical Council’s bandwidth to facilitate improved systems for electronic data transmission and sharing”.

Providing “guidance on the development of ICT projects so that where appropriate Lean analysis is applied before major systems are developed” is also referenced.

MI recently revealed that there had been an attempted external attack on the Council’s website earlier this year.

The Council’s ICT department took “appropriate steps” to protect the website and it remained fully accessible, according to Kingram House. 

A spokesperson for the Council stated that between 21-22 January a “high number” of Irish Government and related websites were targeted by a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, including that of the Medical Council.

The spokesperson said: “While we cannot give exact details of measures taken for security purposes, the Medical Council’s website and associated systems are kept under ongoing review and are regularly audited and tested by accredited vendors and external experts to ensure best practice is adhered to.

“Please note that the Medical Council uses an industry-leading third party payment processor for online transactions and as such does not retain any financial information directly.”

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