IT systems activity within Social Security Directorate: FOI release

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

FOI reference: FOI/17/02675
Date received: 7 November 2017
Date responded: 23 November 2017

Information requested

'Information on IT systems activity within your department subsequent to the Brexit vote of 2016. I am looking for data on activity undertaken between Friday 24th June 2016 and Friday 3rd November 2017 (inclusive).

If possible, could you share the following:

  • How many outside personnel (e.g. non-permanent employees such as contractors or freelancers) have been provided with access to internal department systems and applications?

  • When using internal IT department IT systems, are these outside personnel provided with the same safety and security training as permanent personnel?

  • (If possible) How many employees (either permanent or temporary) that have worked in a system administrator role have left the department?

  • (If possible) How many servers did the department have in operation on Friday 24th June 2016?

  • (If possible) How many servers did the department have in operation on Tuesday 3rd January 2017?

  • (If possible) How many servers did the department have in operation on Friday 23rd June 2017?

  • (If possible) How many servers does the department have in operation today Friday 3rd November?

  • (If possible) What policies do you have in place regarding the auditing and monitoring of privileged access to department systems?

I would be very grateful for any information you could provide. I appreciate there might not be the resources to answer all of these questions – in which case if you could answer any possible (starting with the first and working down), that would be fantastic.'


In respect of the information you have requested for the Social Security Directorate we are unable to answer your requests. Social Security is a Directorate of the core Scottish Government and we do not currently have any hosted applications or systems. At present our IT is delivered by our Digital Directorate Information and Technology Service Division.

The information set out in our response is for Scottish Government Social Security Directorate only and does not include other Scottish Government Directorates, Agencies and NDPBs.

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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
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