Monday, January 25, 2010

Internet vulnerability

I just tabled a written question, to ask the Government:

Whether, in the light of the recent acknowledgement by Microsoft that its Internet Explorer web browser was used to carry out the cyber attacks which have prompted Google to say it will leave China, they will review the policy of using Internet Explorer throughout the public sector.

As far as I can ascertain, all Government Departments and public bodies use Internet Explorer. The Parliamentary IT authorities actively discourage Members from using Chrome.

The German and French governments, on the other hand, are encouraging users to switch to another browser. I happen to be a member of the EU Select Committee which is considering EU policy on protecting Europe from large-scale cyber attacks, and is due to report in a few weeks time.

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