The first meeting of the IAN (Information Assurance for Newham) Group was today. The main discussion was of the updated role and terms of reference for the group.

I will be writing to Directors and Service Heads with details of the present group membership and asking them to ensure that all their services are represented by officers empowered to participate in decision-making on Information Governance and Security matters.

The Head of Information Governance circulated a draft updated Information Security Strategy for Newham. This will be supported by a set of Security Principles to be submitted to Newham's Executive Board for approval.

We will ask that all decisions on strategy and policy that are consistent with those principles be delegated to IAN. Ian (Gibbs) also presented the recent Internal Audit report on Data Protection in Newham, which found no fundamental control problems, but made 13 recommendations for action, which we have agreed.