Departmental Data Protection

Work and Pensions written question – answered on 3rd March 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 pursuant to the answer of 13 January 2009, Hansard, column 573W, on departmental data protection, whether the Customer Information System (a) is accredited to his Department's information systems security standards and (b) was so accredited before 1 July 2008.

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

The Customer Information System was accredited for compliance with the Department's prevailing information system security standards in 2005. The system has not subsequently been accredited to the new standards published by the Cabinet Office last year, which only apply to those systems introduced from 1 July 2008. All current systems that are not accredited to the new standards are fully authorised for use with any residual risks having been identified and managed.

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