Social development minister Paula Bennett Monday 15 October 2012, 3:44PM
Media release from social development minister Paula
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett expects the independent
investigation into Work and Income computer systems to give the
public assurances that security is robust and private information
"I'm deeply disappointed information which should have been secure
has been accessed, the public has a right to expect more of a
government agency," says Mrs Bennett.
"I've demanded answers as to how a journalist managed to gain
access to files and I am appalled that it was possible, even with a
level of skill."
Experts have been working since last night on computer kiosks to
find the problem, which they have now done but the kiosks will not
reopen until the system can be guaranteed as secure.
"It is unacceptable for information of this nature to be accessible
and it is absolutely vital the Ministry of Social Development fix
this issue in the first instance and ensure there aren't any other
possible security gaps elsewhere."
"An independent investigation will look into all aspects of
security, reaching back to when the kiosks used by the public were
installed. This investigation will get underway immediately," says
"I have spoken to the Chief Executive of MSD and sought an
assurance that systems are secure and I expect him to work hard to
restore the public's confidence in the Department's management of