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Information Assurance

Information Assurance (IA) is defined as the practice of assuring information and managing risks. Policing relies heavily on information-led activity and Staffordshire Police has strong Information Assurance (IA) structures and processes in place to ensure secure storage, processing and disposal of information.

Information assurance includes protection of the: integrity; availability; authenticity; non-repudiation and confidentiality of user data.

Information Assurance (IA) contains a number of disciplines and are able to provide advice and guidance in relation to the Management of Police Information (MoPI) and maintain ownership of the quality assurance and compliance elements of local information sharing agreements.

The team actively reviews and reports on internal and external threats, vulnerabilities and risks to the force's information assets, which in turn informs the business-making processes. It also ensures Staffordshire Police's compliance with both legislative and regulatory policies which includes Data Protection, MoPI, Information Assurance Maturity Model (IAMM) and National Police Chiefs' Council Information Systems Community Security Policy.

The team is required to manage, progress and report on the requirements of the IAMM and ensure that annual returns are completed and submitted to the National Police Information Risk Management Team within the Home Office.

Information Assurance has its own force governing board, the Information Assurance Board, which meets quarterly and is chaired by the Deputy Chief Constable.

Freedom of Information

This page provides details of the Freedom of Information Act and how Staffordshire Police act in accordance with the legislation set out in it. The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was implemented on January 1, 2005 and covers all information held by public authorities.

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Right of Access

You have the right to access the information that is held about you. This is commonly referred to as subject access.

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Information Security

Information is vital to the effective functioning of the force. Information assets therefore need to be protected from threats, both malicious and accidental. Information Security is the means by which we can ensure adequate protection.

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