Feeds

IPS's double IT has risks, says commissioner

Doing a good job nevertheless, he controversially adds

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Identity commissioner Sir Joseph Pilling has expressed concerns about the Identity and Passport Service's two-stage approach to its core technology.

"The IPS have gone for what they call a tactical and a strategic solution to the IT demands of running an ID scheme in this country," he told the Security Document World conference in London on 8 February 2010. One system has been put in place for the small-scale launch of the scheme, but another will be introduced when it is expanded by forcing passport applicants to enrol.

"I am not sure whether if you have two schemes in short order you double, treble or quadruple the risk or even more than that, but I am pretty clear that it is a quite ambitious approach to take, and I am particularly intending to take an interest in the transition from the tactical to the strategic," said Sir Joseph.

Having seen the identity card enrolment process first hand, he added he was not satisfied that all the best possible standards are being applied and that he intended to keep his attention focused on this.

However, Sir Joseph said that IPS is doing a good job in looking after data. "It is not one of those bodies in the public or private sector who have shoved millions of unencrypted records out into the public domain, unintentionally, carelessly or as the victim of some malevolent member of staff or consultant," he said.

He said he will take a detached view of the scheme: "My emphasis is independence, independence and independence. But I am not only independent of the government, I am also independent of the opposition, whether they become the next government in a few weeks time or not."

He reminded his audience of security specialists that after a general election, it could be that the UK will no longer have identity cards for British nationals. The Conservatives have pledged to scrap the scheme.

Kable's GC weekly is a free email newsletter covering the latest news and analysis of public sector technology. To register click here.

Boost IT visibility and business value

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?