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Data Security Review 1 July 2008

A recent internal review of Information Security has concluded that systems are sufficiently robust to give a reasonable level of assurance. However, the subsequent report has recommended further tightening of the Isle of Man Government’s extensive range of data security measures.

The review, ordered by Treasury Minister Allan Bell MHK following the loss of 25 million child benefit records in the UK, confirms that the Manx Government has in place a range of comprehensive technical and organisational measures to protect data and information. But it identifies scope for further improvements in certain areas.

The Treasury’s Internal Audit Division investigated the security and processing of personal data held in the Department of Health and Social Security’s Benefit Payment System. The focus of the review was on policies, procedures, access controls, disclosures of personal data, together with staff awareness and training. An executive report has been produced for consideration by Tynwald Members and external publication via the Isle of Man Government’s web pages.

The review found that while appropriate technical and organisational measures are being taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data with safeguards against accidental loss or destruction of personal data, minor improvements are required in some areas. The Treasury Minister whilst gaining assurance from the results of the review commented

“The Isle of Man Government cannot become complacent about ensuring the confidentiality of information. We recognise the development of the information communication strategy and the increased use of such technology to exchange sensitive data does present a greater risk for our business which in turn places a greater onus upon us all within the public service to act responsibly in promoting high standards in data security. We will also study the UK Cabinet Office Report published 25th June and keep abreast of best practice should we need to strengthen our policies further”.

For further Information please contact :-

Gary Milligan (Govt. Information Security Officer)
Phone 685020.

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