Departmental Data Protection

Health written question – answered on 9th March 2009.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what scanning for vulnerabilities his Department conducts of each of its IT devices; what method is used for IT device scans; and how many vulnerabilities have been detected as a result of such scans in the last 12 months.

Photo of Ben Bradshaw Ben Bradshaw Minister of State (Regional Affairs) (South West), The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department uses outside specialist companies to carry out information technology security health checks of the Department's critical information systems and this routinely includes vulnerability scanning as part of the service. As these are project or system related there has been no requirement to consolidate records of vulnerabilities discovered as part of this process.

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