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Ofcom: Security

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 130734, tabled on 16 December 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether Ofcom staff working on functions required by the Telecoms Security Bill will require security clearance.

Answered on

11 January 2021

As the regulator for telecoms security, Ofcom already has staff with the relevant security clearances.

Ofcom’s expanding role in the strengthened security framework will require it to increase levels of resources and skills to meet its new responsibilities. This will include seconding technical expertise to further develop Ofcom’s capability.

The National Cyber Security Centre will also provide expert advice to Ofcom in support of Ofcom’s role in the new regime.

Ofcom will keep these needs under review to ensure that there are sufficient security cleared staff at all times.

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