The introduction of DeviceWall will permit the control of users' rights to transfer data to and from mobile devices.
It has been selected to meet the demands of the government framework that dictates targets and behavioural guidelines with regard to data security. The two targets regard the encryption of data in transit and the restriction of what users are allowed to transfer data to those encrypted devices.
NHS South of Tyne and Wear is a management structure, which covers Gateshead Primary Care Trust, South Tyneside Primary Care Trust and Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust.
It has selected DeviceWall to enforce the second aspect of this framework and will be using it alongside McAfee Endpoint Encryption and SanDisk Cruzer Professional USB encrypted memory sticks.
The organisation has replaced 800 memory sticks with encrypted devices and once port control across all endpoints is enabled, staff will only be able to use those devices they are authorised to use.
As a default policy, users will be unable to transfer data to non-approved external storage devices. Employees will then have to prove the business case for allowing them to do so and then access will be granted only if it is deemed appropriate.
Darren Piper, technical project manager at NHS South of Tyne and Wear, said: “The data breaches that have been in the media recently have damaged the public's confidence in the public sector's ability to safeguard data but we are taking every possible step to ensure this confidential information remains secure.”
Matt Fisher, director at FrontRange Solutions, said: “By implementing a layered approach to security that not only encompasses several distinct technologies, but also a strong user education programme, NHS South of Tyne and Wear has shown a high level of commitment to the issue of protecting sensitive information.”