Director of Norwegian parliament resigns

Marianne AndreassenPhoto: Berit Roald / NTB
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The Norwegian Data Protection Authority fined the Norwegian parliament (Storting) NOK 2 million due to faulty IT security measures. The Storting’s Director Marianne Andreassen is resigning.

In August of 2020, there was a data attack on the Storting. At the time, it became known that personal information from 13 email accounts could have been affected. The investigation from the PST pointed out that Russia was potentially the culprit behind the attack.

However, the Data Protection Authority believes that measures implemented in the Storting at the time were not good enough. At the same time, they express that gross negligence has been shown in connection with the data attack.

As a result, the director of the Storting is resigning. 

“There have been major improvements in IT security in the Storting since then. Nevertheless, I have come to the conclusion that the Storting as an institution is best served by having a new director who can continue the improvement work on a broad front,” Andreassen stated in a press release.

Several demanding cases

President of the Storting Masud Gharahkhani (Labor Party) told the newspaper VG that Assistant Director Kyrre Grimstad has been asked to become acting director until a new director is formally appointed.

During the four years in which Andreassen has been the Storting’s director, several demanding cases have arisen, including travel expense fraud, IT attacks, and persistent negative media attention directed at the representatives’ use of finance schemes. 

Andreassen added she is sure that the Storting will emerge stronger from the various processes that are now underway.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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