Compliance with Data Handling Procedures in UK Government

A recent UK Data Handling Procedures in Government Report set out clear and mandatory procedures to be followed by all government employees that have access to and responsibility for citizen data. The Report was drafted at the request of Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, in response to HMRC’s loss of 2 compact discs containing 25 million child benefit records in November 2007. As a result of this data loss and to thwart future episodes related to this type of preventable loss, all departments placed immediate restrictions on their use of removable media and subsequently all departments have initiated programmes to encrypt laptops and USB memory sticks. The Report sets out significant changes to government departmental policy with regard to secure handling of citizens’ data and individual departments must show compliance with the new Data Handling procedures within their annual report at the end of 2008.

This paper aims to guide government employees and their partner agencies on how Lumension’s tightly integrated portfolio of solutions including Data Protection, Endpoint Protection, Vulnerability Management and Security & Compliance can assist in meeting these data handling requirements, specifically with regards to the control and visibility of removable media used by government personnel; the auditing of data transferred to and from such media and the encryption of data stored on portable devices.


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