West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust employs secure USB sticks for data transfer

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BlockMaster is to supply West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust with over 300 SafeSticks.

BlockMaster is to supply West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust with over 300 SafeSticks.

It will be using the SafeSticks to provide all members of staff who wish to transport data, with complete security through automatic hardware encryption. In addition to this it will use SafeConsole, a web-based management solution, to manage, audit, reset passwords, and apply custom policies to all SafeSticks.

Daniel Östner, CEO at BlockMaster, said: "With the public sector being one of the hardest hit sectors for data loss, it is great to see that the ambulance service is setting the benchmark with information security.

“Hopefully over the coming months we will see more companies being proactive with data protection, however we believe it is our role to help organisations achieve this by making solutions that have the highest grade security but are also easy-to-use."

James Baker, senior account manager at Softek, who deployed the sticks, said: “Data loss is a growing issue for all IT directors and is a topic which won't go away over night. Companies must ensure that all data is safely stored on encrypted USB sticks. Simply crossing your fingers and hoping you won't suffer a breach isn't good enough any more."

Tony Carne, head of ICT at West Midlands Ambulance Service, said: “We have been delighted with the SafeSticks, their durability, compact size and military encryption levels. The SafeSticks have provided the reassurance that our data is protected no matter where or who it is with."


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