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MSD deputy head steps down

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/05/2017

The acting deputy chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development has fallen on his sword after revelations about a security and privacy breach earlier this year.

In March, it was revealed the ministry had to shut down an information-sharing portal after a flaw allowed officials from one non-government organisation to view a folder that had client data from another NGO.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley called for a review and while it found the ministry responded to the breach appropriately, there were IT shortcomings that needed to be addressed, including a lack of leadership and resourcing.

On Friday, MSD chief executive Brendan Boyle announced acting deputy Murray Edridge had taken responsibility for the actions of his team at the time of the breach, despite having no direct involvement in those actions.

"Murray is an experienced senior leader within the public sector and has integrity and significant skills," Mr Boyle said in a statement.

"I commend Murray for demonstrating the integrity and leadership that we have come to know him for.

"Over his five years in senior leadership at MSD, he has demonstrated strong commitment and professionalism and has led significant changes in how we support our most vulnerable New Zealanders."

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