Technology firm secures major security deal with NHS

BIRMINGHAM-based technology firm Probrand has secured a two-year deal to supply NHS hospitals with an encrypted military grade USB device, dubbed SafeXs.

The deal ensures hospital data stored on USB sticks is future-proofed to meet new EU data protection laws, which propose tighter policing and increased fines up to €1m for data loss.

Industry research has shown that data loss from unprotected USB drives is the number one data threat to all organisations, not just those in the public sector.  

The NHS is thought to be at considerable risk as it is Europe’s largest employer.

Probrand has worked with the NHS in the past and has helped it save £2m on USB devices through its CIPS accredited IT procurement site.

This effectiveness of the online procurement tool earned Probrand a Queen’s Award for Innovation.

Richard Hunter-Rice, Business Development Manager at Probrand said: “Latest EU movements to increase policing and fines for data loss confirms that the business and public communities value data protection highly.  

“This has bounced data governance to the top of the agenda again.  It is great to see the NHS proactively leading other organisations to better protect data.”

Anders Kjellander, Chief Security Officer and CISSP, at BlockMaster, added: “The NHS has taken the first steps needed to erase a considerable data loss threat by selecting managed secure USB drives with BlockMaster technology.“

James Baker, Business Development Manager at SafeXs and SafeConsole distributor, Softek, said: “We are very excited by the opportunity that this has given us and it sends a loud message to private and public sector organisations that there is a safe alternative to €1m fines.  Data security has suddenly come into sharp focus on the boardroom table.”

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