Mr S J F Marais (DA) to ask the Minister for the Public Service and Administration:
(a) The Department of Public Service and Administration, the State Security Agency, the Special Investigations Unit and the State IT Agency are jointly developing a common vulnerability assessment methodology for the public service.
(b) The DPSA has identified the need for a common policy on information security across the public service. Using the ISO17799 standard on information security, the DPSA is currently developing the Public Service Information Security Policy aimed at ensuring the protection of government, business and citizen information in its custody or safekeeping by safeguarding its confidentiality, integrity and availability.
The policy is in its draft phase, and has been circulated widely for comment and review. It is envisaged that this policy will be presented to Cabinet for approval within the first quarter of the 2012/2013 financial year.
(c) The Information Security Policy will be complimented by an Information Security Standards Framework.