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    NHS Trust Chose Safend Encryptor


    To encrypt sensitive data and control and recover data securely, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust has chosen Wave Systems’ Safend Encryptor, a security management company to do the task. It was one of the first to carry out a mandate coming from the Department of Health saying that all mobile data should be encrypted and it goes over the process and met the needed standard for data encryption of mobile devices, USB storage devices and all laptop hard drives stated by the Trust.

    The system and networking technician of Trust, Alex Fildes said that they were dedicated in being one of the first Trusts to execute the Department of Health’s mobile data encryption mandate however they still want to go deeper moves in handling encryption technology that would secure prominent hardware and eliminate the need for devices to be removed.

    Originally the Trust chose McAfee Endpoint and it tested to be deceptive. It was questionable with the hardware that they used, when there was a problem the data was not amendable with the recovery tools that was on the McAfee, it was according to Fildes. The Trust experienced issues with some of its hardware where the disk encryption break down and devices had to be removed.

    The organization has gone through a delicate process and ended up with the two options, the Check Point Full Disk encryption and Safend Encryptor. Although Check Point serves to be a good product but it doesn’t fit the way laptops are utilized in the hospitals inside the Trust. As the IT team was assured that it would give guarantee encryption of users’ data, despite of leaving the operating system in a vital and amendable status in the event of a disaster recovery condition, NHS Bolton selected Safend Encryptor.

    Fildes added that it required minimal administration, it lessens the impact on staff productivity and there was also no demand for the organization to give training on how to use it because it is easy yet secure, that’s why it was the best option for them. In trying to weaken Safend Encryptor, the team researched and tested some hacking and data recovery tools, however they were not able to figure it out.

    With the use of Microsoft’s System Center Configuration Manager, it has been deployed for over 400 machines and the implementation is presently in progress on a provisional basis. Last October 2012, the installation took place and Trust said that the machines that recently had issues with disk encryption software have shown no problem at all by using Safend Encryptor.

    The Trust’s work in assuring its data is guaranteed comes after several questioned the readiness of the information Commissioner’s Office to request fines over the careless organizations in the NHS. The first data protection fine that’s worth £70,000 over the Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board in Pontypool, South Wales was issued by the ICO.

    In a case against Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust was the biggest fine to date that comes from the ICO to an NHS body that’s worth £375,000. The fine occurs after a batch of hard-disk drives that should have been terminated by a contractor were bargained at the auction website eBay, the Trust questioned the assessment.