Wheatley Demands Immediate Security Audit of Online Services and Websites

Release Date: 
Monday, February 23, 2015 - 19:45

Opposition Spokesman on Science, ICT & Digital Society Development, Dr. Andrew Wheatley, is demanding that the government immediately execute security audits on all government online services and websites, especially those which house sensitive citizen information.
Dr. Wheatley said: "My information is that there are a number of online Government platforms which house sensitive information but fall short of the mark where best practices relating to online security are concerned. Whether it be use of cyber security best practices or implementation of proper administration and monitoring processes, many of these platforms are woefully inadequate in terms of security provisions."
The Opposition Spokesman continued: "The Government must take steps to immediately execute security audits on these systems in order to employ more effective measures of securing the platforms on which government online services are run and to secure the sensitive data that is stored on them."
Dr. Wheatley stated further: "Data privacy concerns were recently made public as it relates to the NSIPP registry, but that is only half the story. The very platform on which this registry is hosted has itself been found to be insecure and this is most unacceptable."
Dr. Wheatley reiterated that the recent launch of the National Cyber Security Strategy was a move in the right direction but in spite of that, the Opposition has concerns regarding the implementation time-line for certain aspects of the strategy in light of escalated global cyber-security threats.
In closing, Dr. Wheatley said, "It is absolutely critical that, in this time of increased cyber-crime activity, the government prioritize the security of all our online systems and the services which run on them, take immediate action to ensure the security, protection and integrity of citizen's data and ensure that measures are put in place to ensure that sensitive citizen information do not fall into the wrong hands."

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