Council of the European Union
Brussels, 15 December 2014
: Use of the GSC's electronic network (IOLAN)
Updated code of practice1
Managing information is one of the GSC's key tasks. IOLAN
etwork) is the main tool for processing and exchanging unclassified information on a day-to-day
basis. It constitutes the GSC's IT backbone and is a critical infrastructure.
Developments in information technologies and IT applications in recent years have been fast. To
take account of these developments and help ensure the network is properly used and kept safe,
an updated "code of practice" for IOLAN
has been issued. The new code seeks to accommodate
existing IT-related threats, provides practical basic advice and recalls the main "dos" and "don'ts".
It replaces the "code of practice" and "user guide" from March 2010. It is available as electronic
booklet on DOMUS.
The new code has deliberately been kept short. The guidance provided is clear and concise and
is based largely on common sense while relying on users' responsibility. The code has been
coordinated across GSC services. It is fully in line with applicable EU data protection
requirements. By logging on to the IOLAN network, users confirm that they have read and agreed to it.
All users are invited to familiarise themselves with the new code. The IT Helpline is available to
provide more detailed information and answer any questions.
This staff note replaces and repeals staff note 64/10. The new code of practice refers specifically to
rules and guidance set out in the following staff notes: 113/06, 15/11, 69/11, 84/11, 88/11, 97/11,
09/12, 89/12, 90/12, 49/13, 65/13
Staff Note - CP 25/14 - 4 March 2014