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Government Departments: Digital Technology

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 23rd March 2017.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister without Portfolio (Cabinet Office), Campaigns and Elections Chair

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, pursuant to the Answer of 24 February 2017 to Question 64010, what assessments have been made of potential security risks arising from component, platform and capability reuse beyond central government; and what steps the Government has taken to mitigate any such risks.

Photo of Chris Skidmore Chris Skidmore Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office)

The approach taken to assessing security risks of common components, platforms and capabilities is tailored to the type of information or service being shared.

Risks are assessed through a framework of best practice technology standards and certifications as well as assessments by experts. The Government Digital Service also provides assurance through operational support, privacy assessments, security monitoring and information security management.

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