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Commons rejects security standard

The House of Commons has turned its back on implementing IT security standard BS7799. Earlier this year, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said it was considering ways of improving corporate IT security, hinting that the security standard could be a mandatory part of meeting data protection requirements. But the group overseeing computer security for MPs has admitted that it is not planning accreditation. The House of Commons Commission, the overall supervisory body of the House of Commons Administration which oversees computer security for MPs, has put a number of measures in place to protect their data and email. But in response to a written parliamentary question Sir Archy Kirkwood, representing the Commission, told MPs: “We have no plans at present to seek accreditation to BS7799, but the philosophy and best practice elements within the standard form an important part of our approach.” Full Story

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