Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has selected Becrypt's Trusted Client to deliver secure mobile working to staff.

Trusted Client, which has won the SC Magazine award for Best Remote Access for the last three years, will be supplied to staff on USB sticks to give them secure remote access to the council's virtual private network.

The USB sticks will be part of the council's disaster recovery plans to ensure business continuity. The devices will be managed in a central resource pool, with staff from all departments, including planning officers, human resources and the IT team, all able to use the USB sticks for mobile and home working.

Jeanette Hilton, head of customer and ICT services at Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council, said: “We wanted to find a competitively priced secure remote access solution to support our occasional home and mobile workers. We also needed a robust solution that is GCSx CoCo compliant and that can support our disaster recovery plan.

“Trusted Client's small footprint means that our staff can use their own personal PCs and laptops that may have limited memory to run some desktop applications, giving us significant savings in hardware costs.”

According to Becrypt, when used on a USB stick, Trusted Client assumes that the host computer is compromised and restarts it, booting into a corporate OS image that is totally isolated from the host computer's OS. The host hard drive is not accessed so there is no cross contamination of malicious code and no data can be saved locally. In the event of a disaster, users can also connect remotely and securely to the backup network.

Bernard Parsons, CEO at Becrypt, said: “Councils must now comply with the Government legislation on security for their IT systems. This presents a challenge when more councils are also looking to increase access from home or out on the road as a way of improving flexibility and reducing office and travel costs.

“Becrypt Trusted Client can form part of a secure mobile working solution to address the security issues, while still meeting today's workplace challenges.”