Ministry of Defence: Security

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 6th May 2016.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) unauthorised entries to military bases, (b) thefts or losses of classified material, (c) successful cyber attacks on his Department's systems and (d) other security breaches took place in (i) 2014 and (ii) 2015; and what steps his Department took in response to each such breach.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

An error has been identified in the written answer given on 29 January 2016.

The correct answer should have been:

The numbers of security incidents recorded centrally within the Ministry of Defence in each of the years in question is set out in the table below.

Number of Security Incidents by Calendar Year

2014

2015

Unauthorised entries to military bases

24

4445

Thefts or losses of classified material

424

490

Other security breaches

1,089

1,611

I am withholding the information on successful cyber attacks on the Ministry of Defence's systems for the purpose of safeguarding national security and as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence treats all breaches of security very seriously and requires all breaches to be reported. All incidents are subjected to an initial security risk assessment with further action taken on a proportionate basis.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The numbers of security incidents recorded centrally within the Ministry of Defence in each of the years in question is set out in the table below.

Number of Security Incidents by Calendar Year

2014

2015

Unauthorised entries to military bases

24

4445

Thefts or losses of classified material

424

490

Other security breaches

1,089

1,611

I am withholding the information on successful cyber attacks on the Ministry of Defence's systems for the purpose of safeguarding national security and as its disclosure would, or would be likely to prejudice the capability, effectiveness or security of the Armed Forces.

The Ministry of Defence treats all breaches of security very seriously and requires all breaches to be reported. All incidents are subjected to an initial security risk assessment with further action taken on a proportionate basis.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.