UK Government doesnt have a clue about data security

The U.K. government does not have adequate mechanisms in place to
secure data transfer, according to a report prepared on behalf of the
Cabinet Office.

Government departmental security is in silos, and there are
currently no adequate mechanisms in place to share data, according to
the report, the Independent Review of Government Information Assurance.

In some parts of government and the wider public sector, there is a
lack of comprehensive understanding of information security risks,
according to the review, which examined best practice and security
issues that need addressing.

There also need to be specific standards for identity registration,
management and use, and security needs to be measured and audited to a
defined standard, said the report.

The findings echo statements by a key government advisor who claimed that civil servants lack security awareness.

“What keeps me awake at night is that, with some notable exceptions,
across government, there's too little awareness of the scale and
breadth of the risk facing us at the moment,” Lieutenant General Sir
Edmund Burton, a key advisor to the Cabinet Office on information
assurance, said in February.

Just a few weeks before that, security experts expressed their concerns over the U.K. government's data-sharing plans.


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Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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