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Cyber Security Analysts: FOI release

Published: 18 Apr 2018

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

Published:
18 Apr 2018
Cyber Security Analysts: FOI release

FOI reference: FOI/18/00845
Date received: 19 March 2018
Date responded: 13 April 2018

Information requested

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to ask a series of questions around the number of cyber security analysts in your department during different time periods between 2015 and 2018. For the purpose of clarity, I defined a cyber security analyst as anyone in the department IT team specifically responsible for monitoring and combatting cyber-threats.

  1. How many cyber security analysts were employed by your department on the 1st Jan 2018? a). How many of these were staff employed by your department vs an external contractor or by other means (if other please specify for example: provided by another department)?

  2. How many cyber security analysts were employed by your department on the 1st Jan 2017? a). How many of these were staff employed by your department vs an external contractor or by other means (if other please specify for example: provided by another department)?

  3. How many cyber security analysts were employed by your department on the 1st Jan 2016? a). How many of these were staff employed by your department vs an external contractor or by other means (if other please specify for example: provided by another department)?

  4. How many cyber security analysts were employed by your department on the 1st Jan 2015? a). How many of these were staff employed by your department vs an external contractor or by other means (if other please specify for example: provided by another department)?

  5. If possible, over the period of 1st Jan 2015 and 1st Jan 2018, how many cyber security analysts have you had leave and join the department (please specify both how many left and how many joined).

Response

The Social Security Directorate within Scottish Government is responsible for ensuring the safe and secure transition of benefits to be devolved to Scotland from the UK under the Scotland Act 2016, this includes establishing a new agency to deliver these benefits.

As a core Scottish Government Directorate, Social Security utilises Scottish Government IT systems, where cyber security is managed by the central Scottish Government Office of Protective Security. It is my understanding that you have already contacted them with a similar request.

In establishing the new agency and associated IT systems, the Social Security Programme will develop an operational security capability of its own. As a relatively new Programme we have not yet employed any Cyber Security Analysts.

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