Digital Shared Services provide advice and guidance on compliance and legislation relating to the management of records and data within the NICS and in the wider public sector. The Open Data Team manages and maintains the NI Public Sector Open Data web portal. The cyber security team are developing a framework for all departments in the NI Public Sector.

Information Management and Data Services

The Information Management (IM) team provides a central role in relation to advice and guidance on compliance with legislation relating to the management of records and all aspects of holding, use and disclosure of data within the NICS and on occasions the wider public sector. The team sets policy and best practice strategies to ensure good working practices in respect of records and data management. Work of the team is prioritised and publicised through the NICS IM Work Programme.  

Open Data

The Open Data team leads and promotes the implementation of the Open Data Strategy for Northern Ireland 2015-18, which has been endorsed by the NI Executive. The team manages and maintains Northern Ireland’s Public Sector Open Data web portal – OpenDataNI.

The portal allows easy access to public sector data for both reuse and redistribution. It facilitates publication of data in non-proprietary machine-readable formats. Commercial applications are free to access and use the data (including for commercial applications).

Information Assurance and Cyber Security

The ESS Information Assurance & CyberSecurity Branch (IA & CS) have responsibility for supporting the NICS in all areas of Information Assurance and Cyber Security for Digital Transformation, including all applications to be on-boarded or associated with the NI Direct brand. 

The Central Information Assurance Team provides advice, quality review, assurance and support to ensure confidentiality, integrity and availability of information and help achieve compliance and accreditation. The objective of Information Assurance is to ensure, as much as possible, compliance with the HMG Security Policy Framework including security. 

It will help identify and prioritise actions for reducing cybersecurity risk. The team will develop a tool for aligning policy, business, and technological approaches to managing that risk. The platform can be used to manage cyber security risk across the organisation. The team are members of the NI Cyber Security working group which includes membership from local businesses, academia and law enforcement.

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