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Departmental ICT

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many staff have access to his Department’s IT infrastructure at their home. (216382)

The information on the number of people authorised to work from home within the Department for Work and Pensions is not collated centrally. It is controlled and managed locally and the collation of such information would involve disproportionate cost.

In addition to those who work at home normally, the Department for Work and Pensions currently has 7,536 members of staff who have been supplied with an approved laptop computer that is able to provide secure access to the Department’s IT infrastructure, for example to e-mail, from their home.

All remote access is provided via a secure electronic gateway that is provided by BT.

In addition to the secure electronic gateway, all of the Department’s laptop computers have encrypted internal hard drives and access to any computer services provided by the Department’s IT infrastructure, such as e-mail, requires the use of a personal access card that utilises “Chip and Pin” technology.