Reference 2018-715

REF:           2018-715

Subject:       Shadow IT and feral systems

 

Request:

  • Does your Trust have a policy relating to shadow IT and feral systems. If yes, can you provide a copy of that policy?
  • Has your Trust carried out a recent audit of shadow IT and feral systems?
  • If Yes, can we have a copy of that audit? If No, will you provide an estimate of the number of such systems in your Trust?
  • If you are unable to identify ALL shadow IT and feral systems, will you explain how you intend to meet your obligations under GDPR?
  • Do you have a picture of how many feral systems adhere to NHS national data standards?
  • Are shadow systems currently covered under your trust’s Cyber Security policies and IG Toolkit?

 

 

Response:

Does your Trust have a policy relating to shadow IT and feral systems? If yes, can you provide a copy of that policy? We restrict Microsoft Access for this reason and block MDB’s on the normal file stores.  Databases are restricted to a single server and we move these to supported systems where requested.
Has your Trust carried out a recent audit of shadow IT and feral systems? Yes – as part of assessing our GDPR compliance earlier in 2018.
If Yes, can we have a copy of that audit? If No, will you provide an estimate of the number of such systems in your Trust? Commercial in confidence.
If you are unable to identify ALL shadow IT and feral systems, will you explain how you intend to meet your obligations under GDPR? See above.
Do you have a picture of how many feral systems adhere to NHS national data standards? No applications can be installed without IT or Information Governance approval. Users are blocked from automatic installs.
Are shadow systems currently covered under your trust’s Cyber Security policies and IG Toolkit? All systems and applications are covered by Trust IT security policies.

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