19 Oct 2012

Tight deadline to assess security of government IT systems

8:57 pm on 19 October 2012

An investigation by the chief information officer into how secure government IT systems are has only five weeks to get its initial report done, despite the scale of the task.

Security flaws at Work and Income computer kiosks allowed a blogger to download thousands of files, including medical and other details about children in state care.

The Ministry of Social Development has already called in Crown advisors, Deloittes, to investigate.

The Government's chief information officer, Colin MacDonald, is conducting a wider inquiry on the matter, which he says will look into every government website and IT system available to the public.

MOJ shuts self service kiosks

The Ministry of Justice shut down self-service computer kiosks used to organise visiting times at prison or to access a database on Maori land records on Friday.

The closure is a precaution while an inquiry into the security of the Justice Ministry's IT systems is carried out.