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Departments: Internet

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 14 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department whether the Government have a strategy to protect Government websites from (a) denial of service and (b) other cyber attacks. (141637)

The Government’s Central Sponsor for Information Assurance within the Cabinet Office is responsible for the Government’s strategy to protect the public sector and those services forming the Critical National Infrastructure from cyber attacks.

CESG (the Information Assurance arm of GCHQ) is the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance and develops Government advice for protecting data in partnership with the Central Sponsor for Information Assurance and advises on its implementation. CESG manages the Government’s UK computer emergency response team heads of Departments and agencies are individually responsible for engaging with CSIA/CESG to ensure that appropriate measures are in place to protect against any risks to business continuity.