§ Brian White
To ask the Deputy Prime Minister 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. 363W
§ Mr. Leslie
The security of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister's IT system is kept under constant review. Separate figures are not available for the number of "digital attacks" (such as computer viruses detected) on the Office's IT system, as the Office shares with the Department for Transport the IT network of their predecessor (the Department for Transport, Local Government, and the Regions). For that IT network, the number of computer viruses detected was(a) 18 in October and (b) 266 in 2002 up to the end of October.