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Departmental Data Protection

Volume 496: debated on Wednesday 15 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions how many (a) attempts and (b) successful attempts were made to gain unauthorised access to each (i) database and (ii) ICT system run by her Department in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement. (286537)

It is not in the interests of the UK’s national security for Departments to confirm whether they hold information about attacks against their IT systems. This would enable individuals to deduce how successful the UK is in detecting these attacks, and so assist such persons in testing the effectiveness of the UK’s IT defences. This is not in the public interest.