Dear Department for Work and Pensions,
Background to Request
On 06 May 2022 the DWP disclosed redacted copies of Universal Credit IT security reports and audits. (ICO case reference: IC-85708- R7B0, DWP case reference: FOI2020/71493).
A number of the disclosed reports related to audit/assessments of the Universal Credit IT system against the BSIMM model (Building Security In Maturity Model).
As the disclosed BSIMM reports made it clear that a significant number of activities were “Not Observed” it is reasonable to assume that the UC Team completed the worked required to improve IT security and seek further audits/assessments.
Request for Information
RFI1: Is there someone within the UC Team who is responsible for IT security and for ensuring that the team fully complies with the activities specified in the BSIMM? If so, what is their job title (I do not want to know their name).
RFI2: Between 19 September 2018 and 17 June 2022 has the UC IT team been assessed/audited against the BSIMM by external organisations? If so, please disclose the dates of the audits/assessments.
RFI3: - Please disclose the BSIMM assessment/audit reports that were produced by external organisations for the period 19 September 2018 to 28 February 2022.
RFI4: Between 01July 2020 and 17 June 2022 has the IPA produced any further reports on the UC Programme? If so, please disclose them.
(Interpretation note: - if the IPA has produced a report about part of the UC Programme rather than at the ‘Programme Level’ then that falls within scope)
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