NHS Blood and Transplant deploys advanced endpoint security solutions to protect sensitive data

NHSBT secures laptop and desktop PCs against data loss, theft and other threats to comply with new Government information security directives

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Integralis, leading IT security service provider, today detailed a project with NHS Blood and Transplant to protect data across its laptops, PCs, USB devices and other portable media. The project, which commenced earlier in 2008, is part of the organisation's effort to meet a new Government directive to ensure that information across multiple devices is secured against malware, data loss and theft. The project has combined the consulting expertise of Integralis with best of breed solutions from Check Point to meet the directive guidelines and enable secure remote access to corporate networks.

NHS Blood and Transplant collects, processes, stores and issues 2.1 million blood donations per year from its 15 blood centres in England and north Wales, as well as managing the sourcing of organs for transplantation across the UK. Part of the project involved securing a key application which allows staff across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland access to data that speeds up provision of organs to patients waiting for transplants. In addition to deployment of Check Point's Endpoint Security, the project has been helped by the upgrade of RSA to version 7.1 of its authentication solution, to enable easier access to the network. The sensitive nature of the personal data involved in the process of organ donation means that information security is of paramount importance.

"With 1,000 laptops across the UK there are multiple security requirements ranging from maintaining firewalls, intrusion detection, email and web content filtering to name a few. Due to the very nature of our operations we needed a solution that would be easy to manage and as simple as possible to use, ensuring there are no delays in accessing critical information," said Adam Ataar, Network Security &

Operations Consultant, NHS Blood and Transplant. "By having a single contract with Integralis we have been able to meet the Government's strict deadlines."

According to Ataar, a key issue is providing access to documents and emails that users are working on when away from the office, without compromising security.

"Users shouldn't be given the responsibility for deciding what should and should not be encrypted, or to maintain security policies. These policies have to be enforced by products, as transparently as possible from the user's viewpoint."

Check Point Endpoint Security was chosen for its ability to deliver comprehensive security in a single software agent, and for the ability to manage the complete solution from a single management console. Adam Ataar says that both deployment and ongoing management have been easy for users and the IT team.

"The very nature of the Service's work means that flexible remote working is an essential requirement," commented Graham Jones, managing director at Integralis UK. "However, as we're all aware this is far from ideal given the sensitive nature of information being handled. By analysing and updating the process and policies we have been able to provide a granular level of control, ensuring that data can flow in a traceable and secure manner while enabling users to work as efficiently and effectively as possible."

Part of the solution also means that members of staff are given their own fullyencrypted 2GB USB drive but use of all other removable media is blocked. Check Point Endpoint Security also reports on the security status of each laptop and PC, enabling any required upgrades or policy issues to be identified and addressed quickly from the central management console.

Key facts Key facts about Check Point Endpoint Security

-Single Endpoint Agent including hard disk encryption, portable media encryption, personal firewall, intrusion prevention, VPN, anti-virus and other malware.
-Future release includes Single Endpoint Management for all of the above.
-Integrates seamlessly with Check Point Firewall-1

Key facts about Integralis

The current Integralis services for Check Point:

-Consulting services for installation and policy writing in line with any Information Security Policy
-Unified Support for all Check Point solutions
-Managed Firewall Services.

About NHS Blood and Transplant

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a Special Health Authority in the NHS. It is the organ donor organisation for the UK and is responsible for matching and allocating donated organs.Its remit also includes the provision of a reliable, efficient supply of blood and associated services to the NHS.

About Check Point Software Technologies Ltd.

Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (www.checkpoint.com) is the leader in securing the Internet. Check Point offers total security solutions featuring a unified gateway, single endpoint agent and single management architecture, customized to fit customers' dynamic business needs. This combination is unique and is a result of our leadership and innovation in the enterprise firewall, personal firewall/endpoint, data security and VPN markets.

Check Point's pure focus is on information security. Through its NGX platform, Check Point delivers a unified security architecture to protect business communications and resources, including corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. The company also offers market-leading endpoint and data security solutions with Check Point Endpoint Security products, protecting and encrypting sensitive corporate information stored on PCs and other mobile computing devices. Check Point's award-winning ZoneAlarm solutions protect millions of consumer PCs from hackers, spyware and identity theft. Check Point solutions are sold, integrated and serviced by a network of Check Point partners around the world and its customers include 100 percent of Fortune 100 companies and tens of thousands of businesses and organizations of all sizes.
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