Nadine Dorries password sharing among her staff is in violation of Parliament s cyber security policy. The Conservative MP revealed she shares her Parliamentary digital log ins with around four members of staff1 in order to handle the high volume of virtual correspondence she receives every day.
In common with other organisations, Parliament has a cyber security policy that applies to all users of its digital services, including Members, their staff and parliamentary staff, a Parliamentary spokesperson told i . In line with good practice, this policy includes a requirement not to share passwords.
Cyber security: not a Parliamentary concern, it would seem | Photo: PA
Ms Dorries made the comments on Twitter as she defended Damian Green, who is currently facing calls to step down as the investigation into whether he viewed pornography on his work laptop2 intensifies.
My staff log onto my computer on my desk with my login every day . Including interns on exchange programmes, she said . For the officer on BBC News just now to claim that the computer on Green s desk was accessed, and therefore it was Green is utterly preposterous! In response to an online backlash berating her for poor security practices, Ms Dorries attempted to downplay her importance in Westminster, adding: You don t have a team of four to six staff answering the 300 emails you receive every day.
Flattered by number of people on here who think I m part of the Government and have access to government docs .
I m a back bench MP two Westminster-based computers in a shared office, she later added.
On my computer, there is a shared email account . That s it . Nothing else . Sorry to disappoint ! All my staff have my login details . A frequent shout when I manage to sit at my desk myself is, what is the password?
Amber Rudd: not a fan of encryption (Photo: Getty)
Fellow Tory MP Nick Boles weighed in to offer his support, adding I often forget my password and have to ask my staff what it is, while James Clayton, a producer for the BBC s Newsnight, claimed it is extremely common for MPs to share their parliamentary login details with their staff . The House of Commons was hit by a sustained cyber attack in June3, targeting MP accounts with weak passwords and blocking their owners from accessing them.
A handbook for MPs and their staff4 even explicitly states passwords should not be shared, a sentiment echoed by the House of Commons Staff Handbook on Information Security Responsibilities5. The same advice is recommended by cyber security experts the fewer people in possession of a password, the more secure the account will be.
The cyber security industry makes the point about human fallibility time and again for obvious reasons . Passwords tend to be one of the basics when training staff in cyber security and for good reason, as shared or re-used passwords create weaknesses in an organisations cyber defence, said Tony Pepper, chief executive of data security company Eggress.
From there, a creative attacker can move sideways through a network, implement phishing attacks or undertake any number of malicious actions .
An enterprise can deploy all the advanced tech it likes to track, stop and forensically analyse attacks but if people make mistakes, these are neutered.
- ^ shares her Parliamentary digital log ins with around four members of staff (inews.co.uk)
- ^ viewed pornography on his work laptop (inews.co.uk)
- ^ sustained cyber attack in June (inews.co.uk)
- ^ handbook for MPs and their staff (www.parliament.uk)
- ^ House of Commons Staff Handbook on Information Security Responsibilities (www.parliament.uk)
This is the shocking moment a Tesco security guard PICKED UP an alleged shoplifter – and dragged her kicking and screaming back into the store. The video was shot outside a branch of Britain’s biggest grocer in Cornwall. The footage, shot on Thursday, has since gone viral on social media and made headlines nationally.
A security guard employed by Tesco can be seen outside the shop entrance in the footage.
He is restraining a woman who allegedly stole from the store. The guard then picks up the woman and drags her into the store against her will, to detain her until the police arrive at the scene.
A police spokesperson confirmed two bottles Mo t & Chandon champagne were returned to the store as part of the incident.
Mr Collins uploaded the video to Facebook later that evening in a public post, suggesting that a large grown man shouldn t have been so physical with the woman. And debate subsequently broke out on the social media site. Mr Collins said: It seemed excessive from a completely neutral point of view, and also the fact that there were a lot of children all around, who had finished school and were going into Tesco.
I m getting a lot of stick from people, most of whom seem to be taking the point of view that this guy deserves a medal, that he s a hero, and that this woman is subhuman.
But I was the one who was there, and it was quite traumatic.
I shared the video publicly for no other reason than to make sure that this voiceless girl, who obviously has troubles in her life, that there was somebody who is standing up for her.
People like her are very much the voiceless people, who have no power or help.
Commenting on Facebook, Julie Hall Dawson also took Mr Collins’ side . She s not committing a violent offence, they should have called police not manhandled her like that . Jobsworth bullies. Rachel Tregurtha Mclean added: Are they even allowed to get that physical ? I wouldn’t have thought so, and even if she had stolen something I’m more bothered by how the situation was handled . If that was a child of mine I would go bonkers about it.
Keith Scully said: That’s assault, in every manner.. . Stick it on Tesco page, let me know how it goes . Wanna be cops… But many were in support of the security guard, stating that he was simply doing his job.
Vaughan Rouffignac was particularly vocal . He s doing his f******* job man, Mr Rouffignac said. “He’s allowed to use force if she doesn’t do as asked . I know him and he knows the rules.”
Georgie Grace said the individual shouldn t receive special treatment just because she is a female. She said: I might stroll out with my weekly shop tomorrow, quick wrestle with security but know it will be fine because some do-gooder will film it because I’m a woman and security is male and they’ll be in the wrong . Come off it.
Bryony Anne added: He has every right to bring her back into the shop so the police can be called . If I had children and they behaved this way I d call the cops myself! A spokesperson for Tesco said the company is “aware” of the incident, adding: We are assisting police with this matter.
Partial amnesty over Northern Ireland for security forces ‘hard to administer’
A partial amnesty for police and soldiers’ actions during the Northern Ireland conflict would be difficult to administer, the country’s top prosecutor said. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/partial-amnesty-over-northern-ireland-for-security-forces-hard-to-administer-36369190.html
A partial amnesty for police and soldiers’ actions during the Northern Ireland conflict would be difficult to administer, the country’s top prosecutor said. Sinn Fein and the Irish government have objected after some MPs called for a “statute of limitations” law . Proposals on addressing the legacy of deaths and injuries during Northern Ireland’s 30 years of violence have not yet been published.
Departing Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory QC said a partial safeguard from prosecution favouring the security forces would be legally questionable. He said: “As DPP, a partial amnesty would be difficult to administer . I t would certainly invite challenges but it is not for me to say whether it is legal or not.
“If it is a statute, it is a statute so it will have gone through parliament.
“In terms of the international legality of it, it would be questionable.”
MPs from the House of Commons Defence Committee have called for the blocking of prosecutions. Veterans have argued that it was unfair to charge pensioners over crimes committed early in the conflict.
The UK Government has said its preferred option for addressing the past is the 2014 Stormont House Agreement between the local parties, which did not include the proposal envisaged by some Conservative MPs. Their opinions are well-known, including within Government. Stormont House included a range of measures to address the past, including an Historical Investigations Unit (HIU) to search for new opportunities to prosecute.
It also envisaged a Commission on Information Retrieval whereby relatives of the dead and injured could privately receive information about the deaths of their loved ones . Its information would be inadmissible for criminal legal proceedings. Mr McGrory said around a quarter of his total workload was taken up with dealing with legacy issues.
He added: “The last 18 months the legal landscape from a prosecutorial perspective has become increasingly dominated by legacy, it is taking up a significant amount of time.”
He said as part of any implementation of the Stormont House Agreement resources would be made available to his successor to deal with the flow of cases referred by HIU investigators.
“That will very significantly increase the workload on the PPS as far as legacy is concerned.
“It would be utterly unsustainable under the current resource pot.
“I would expect that of the pot of money set aside to implement the Stormont House Agreement a significant amount of it would come our way but it will still nevertheless be a significant burden on the prosecutor’s office.”