Egress Software Technologies has announced that it is in the final stages of signing contracts with multiple London councils to provide email encryption and secure large file transfer services.

The procurement was orchestrated by Capital Ambition and ISfL and the subsequent invitation to quote was led by the London Borough of Camden, utilising the Office of Government Commerce buying solutions framework.

The deal will see the London councils use email encryption and secure large file transfer services. Ruth Jones, projects and development manager for Camden Council, said that local authorities recognise the need to replace legacy systems such as courier services and fax machines, which are often still used to share confidential data externally.

“The time was right to put an end to fragmented and ineffective point solutions and promote a collaborative information security strategy as part of an ongoing commitment to improve service delivery. These new and exciting services will help connect public and private sector organisations, giving local councils the confidence they need when sharing sensitive data,” said Jones.

Steven Blantz, category manager for ICT at the London Borough of Camden, said: “Having evaluated several secure email and file transfer products, we selected Egress Switch because of its versatility, ease of use, flexible licensing model and unique ‘follow the data' protection.”

Tony Pepper, CEO for Egress, said: “We are delighted to have been given the opportunity to provide London boroughs with a unified mechanism to share confidential data. By working together and embracing technology, councils throughout the UK can not only support the environment and demonstrate significant cost savings, but also adopt government-approved standards in the fight against data loss.

“Unlike conventional software which protects data in transit, Egress Switch offers control and real-time auditing throughout the lifecycle of sensitive data, preventing unnecessary loss at the hands of third parties.”