NHS trusts in the North-West of England have chosen to use IT security solutions from Sophos.
The agreement, via partner Foursys, will see 11,000 trust devices, ranging from clinical machines to mobile devices used to access confidential patient data, protected by Sophos.
The North Mersey Health Informatics Service (HIS) is an NHS shared service providing information, management and technology services to NHS trusts across the region. Steven Parker, technical architecture manager at North Mersey HIS, said: “We were at a crossroads where cost-cutting financial pressures had to be balanced with the logistics of deploying a whole new security solution across thousands of endpoints.
“The Quality, Innovation, Productivity and Prevention agenda means that we must demonstrate efficiency savings, while obviously not letting this affect the security of our systems. After considering a range of options, Sophos came out on top, not only in terms of cost-efficiency – the broad functionality in Sophos's solution has allowed us to consolidate our security products – but also, with the aid of Foursys's professional services, for ease and speed of deployment. The real bonus is that we've actually improved our anti-virus solution at the endpoint but also achieved a cost saving.”
The deployment also allows North Mersey HIS to use the central console of Sophos's endpoint solution to centrally manage a switchover in the majority of the sites it manages. Also deployed from the Sophos endpoint client is the ability to set policies on which applications users can install and run.
Jonathan Lee, healthcare sector manager at Sophos, said: “Public sector, and healthcare in particular, is extremely challenging in terms of data protection and regulations. When you add the recent requirements to mitigate costs, there is a lot of pressure on the NHS, with zero room for error. Sophos protects more than 600,000 machines across the NHS and our solutions are designed to make security simpler, as a way to alleviate some of this pressure on IT departments.”