The UK government's approach to IT security has been roundly criticised by spending watchdog the National Audit Office (NAO). In a report entitled Protecting Information Across Government the NAO paints a picture of a fragmentary approach to IT security across government bodies.

"None of the departments we interviewed understood the specific roles of the various bodies involved, making it difficult to identify any single arbiter of standards or guidance," the report notes, adding that there are "too many bodies with overlapping responsibilities operate in the centre of government, confusing departments about where to go for advice." Full story..