Government Departments: Email

Cabinet Office written question – answered on 15th May 2018.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what steps the Government has taken to ensure encryption is provided on all email between hon. Members' offices and Government departments.

Photo of Chloe Smith Chloe Smith The Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, Assistant Whip

The National Cyber Security Centre published guidance on email security in September 2017, including specific directions for public sector users at OFFICIAL.

https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/email-security-and-anti-spoofing

Government departments are to encrypt emails to a level appropriate to the content and classification of that communication.

The Cabinet Office cannot, however, speak for the security of emails sent by Hon. Members from non-government email systems, as this is dependent on which system and service an email is sent.

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