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I-Monitoring Security Co-ordination Centre

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster with reference to the written ministerial statement of 25 November 2008, Official Report, columns 76-78WS, on departmental expenditure limit (2008-09), what the functions and activities of the (a) i-Monitoring Security Co-ordination Centre and (b) Information Assurance Technical Programme are. (249951)

The Government Security Zone (GSZ) i-Monitoring Security Co-ordination Centre, now referred to as the Government Security Zone-Information Room (GSZ IR), is a key deliverable from the GSZ programme. This programme is a linked series of projects intended to improve the collective physical security of Government Departments and other specified establishments located within the zone, by enhancing existing security arrangements.

The GSZ IR has three main functions:

Proactive use of CCTV to identify threats (particularly terrorist-related threats) and suspicious activity within the zone;

Co-ordination of security information between the Government departmental security community and the Metropolitan Police Service and other police units;

Provide Government Departments with a 24/7 link to the police for immediate advice on counter-terrorism and security issues and to initiate a response to incidents.

The Information Assurance Technical Programme is a common good programme which aims to provide a sustainable UK Information Assurance capability benefiting the whole of UK Government. The IATP is run by CESG, the national technical authority for Information Assurance, and an arm of GCHQ, in partnership with industry. Governance of the programme has recently moved from the CSIA in the Cabinet Office to the Ministry of Defence. More information on the work of the IATP can be found at:

http://www.cesg.gov.uk/products_services/iatp/index.shtml