HC Deb 25 November 2002 vol 395 cc99-100W
Brian White

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps he has taken to review the security of the Department's IT system; and how many digital attacks there were on the Department's system in(a) October and (b) 2002. [80777]

Mr. Blunkett

The Home Office and its agencies use a variety of information technology (IT) systems, ranging from stand-alone machines to large networks. Those systems processing sensitive information are subject to on-going IT security accreditation checks by the Departmental Security Unit.

The number of cases of digital attacks detected on Home Office systems was (a) 108 in October and (b) 2,518 in 2002.

All these cases involved the detection and prevention of computer viruses. There were no recorded instances of hacking.