Tuesday, January 13, 2009

UK: Most MoD's Systems Do Not Meet Data Security Standards

Siobhan Chapman writes on Computerworld UK:

Almost three out of four Ministry of Defence IT systems do not meet Cabinet Office standards, a Whitehall review has found.

Only 27 percent of MoD IT systems reviewed so far meet the new data-security standards, established by the government, a compliance review has revealed.

The systems that fail to meet Government standards for data security, include those holding military secrets and sensitive personal data.

Tougher data handling sanctions were handed down last year, following a government review into the HMRC data loss debacle in 2007, which involved the loss of 25 million child benefit records. Under the security measures, any disc, USB stick or laptop containing sensitive information has to be encrypted if it is to be taken out of Whitehall.

More here.


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