Departmental Data Protection

Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Anne Main Anne Main Conservative, St Albans

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

(1) if she will place in the Library a copy of her Department's IT security hierarchy;

(2) what scanning for vulnerabilities her 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 Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

It is not in the interest of the security of the Department, or that of the public, to disclose detailed information pertaining to electronic breaches of security of Department's IT systems. Disclosing such information would enable criminals and those who would attempt to cause disruptive threats to the Department to deduce how to conduct attacks and therefore potentially enhance their capability to carry out such attacks.

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