Computer security chief resigns

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Government communications systems have been under fire in recent months over inadequate security measures. Now the man in charge of them has resigned, along with his colleague in charge of information and communications technology.

Newspaper Aftenposten, which has written several articles about the lack of computer security around high-level government communications, reported Wednesday that Ivar Gammelmo, head of the ministries’ service center DSS (Departementenes Servicesenter) had resigned with immediate effect, as had Petter Møller, department director for information and communications technology. The security chief for DSS also was reassigned to a new job, in accounting.

“I think it’s best for myself and for DSS … to develop new services and upgrade computer security,” wrote Gammelmo in a press statement. He had led DSS, one of the largest state agencies, since 1999.

Audits by the state National Security Authority have revealed “serious deficiencies” in the state communications systems and another audit was recently completed. Its results have been revealed yet.

The government minister responsible for DSS said a new director would be recruited, and work to improve computer security would have the highest priority.

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