Departmental Data Protection

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 26th January 2009.

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Photo of Shailesh Vara Shailesh Vara Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what percentage of the IT systems in (a) his Department and (b) its agencies are fully accredited to the Government's security standards.

Photo of Jonathan R Shaw Jonathan R Shaw Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Disabled People; Minister for the South East), Department for Work and Pensions

All IT systems that have become operational since 1 July 2008 are formally accredited.

For systems that were operational before that date, there is no requirement under the Data Handling Review for formal accreditation. Nevertheless, all current systems are routinely assessed for compliance against the Department's Information Systems Security Standards, and are fully authorised for use. Any residual risks have been identified and are being managed.

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