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60% of local authorities don’t know how much sensitive data they have or where it is kept


"A staggering 60% of local authorities don't know how much sensitive data they hold, or where it is kept, according to research conducted by managed data and voice service provider Six Degrees Group (6DG).

The company received responses from 302 UK local authorities to its Freedom of Information requests. It found that two-thirds of local authorities were unable to report on how much of the data they stored was sensitive and how this data should be managed in relation to the new CESG ‘official' security clarification guidelines.

The new security classifications, which also included ‘secret' and ‘top secret' levels, were introduced by the government in 2014 to replace the impact level (IL) ratings but have seemingly caused confusion to many of the local authorities.

In fact, 61% of respondents said that they were unable to say whether their ‘official' data was held internally or externally, and only 2% reported that at least half of their ‘official' data was held in the cloud, with more than a third (37%) storing the majority of their data on-premise.”


NCC Weekly News Update 26 May 2015



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