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How to avoid an Honours Lists Fiasco

Sunday December 29th, 2019, 9:15 am

The ‘Honours List’ fiasco could so easily have been avoided if the Cabinet Office had followed a simple security processes.

  1. Password protect/encrypt such highly confidential and sensitive files.
  2. Ask a second person to check that the correct file has been uploaded – rather like pharmacists always ask a second person to check the prescription has been correctly dispensed.

No doubt there were several versions of the spreadsheet containing the honours list and we all know how easy it is to upload/send the wrong one.  However simple steps like those above will reduce the risk of a disaster such as that created by the Cabinet Office.

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