Wave Systems, the Trusted Computing Company, announced that the Safend Data Protection Suite (consisting of Safend Encryptor, Protector, and Reporter) has been chosen by Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as a replacement for existing technologies that perform data encryption, port device control, removable media encryption, and advanced monitoring.
The IT team from the Trust chose the Data Protection Suite specifically for transparent encryption, port control, and removable media encryption to protect data downloaded on USB sticks. Protector has the capability to provide traffic monitoring, as well as apply customized, highly granular security policies over all physical wireless and external devices. The Safend Reporter extends an additional layer of governance by enabling heightened visibility into what data was downloaded and when.
The Data Protection Suite has delivered increased security and convenience across the board, as well as provides transparency valued by users. IT also benefits from the increased protection, problem reduction, and the peace of mind of greater visibility. For example, Safend Encryptor aided in the standardization of the laptop experience, whether using a laptop inside one of the Trust hospitals or using one at home. IT was able to keep a cached copy of the staff's H drives so they could work on the road with equivalent access, as if it were a local device.
Nigel Hall, ICT Infrastructure Manager of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals, said, "The Trust has a reputation for excellence in healthcare. We are here to implement an IT strategy that benefits the business function. The Safend technology has allowed our staff to use their devices with the confidence that they are secure. The IT department is now more centralised than before and that suits staff and patients alike."
The awareness and training requirements of staff have been minimized since the introduction of Safend. For instance, while Safend Encryptor is transparent to the end user, it results in a negligible impact on performance because it bypasses unnecessary encryption of the operating system. The migration reinforces Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals' information governance message to its staff through Safend and Laptop user documentation. The nonstop communication in real time between the central server and remote assets guarantees that the entire contents of the laptop are consistently protected.
The Safend Data Protection Suite helps it comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, the Information Governance Toolkit, and the Department of Health's mandate that all mobile data must be encrypted.
Joseph Souren, Vice President and GM Wave Systems EMEA commented, "Organisations in the public sector are becoming increasingly scrutinised for their IT practices and protection of data in particular. Safend Encryptor, Protector and Reporter are proven technologies and are able to provide the Trust functionality to help ensure the safety of patient and clinical data, as well as providing the workforce with a suitably flexible and secure means to work."
For further information, visit www.wave.com
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