NHS to protect portable patient information with SafeStick®

July 14, 2008 (PRLEAP.COM) Technology News
LONDON July 14, 2008 BlockMaster AB today announced that its SafeStick® drives are now being deployed by the NHS as a reassurance that patient information is not compromised again.

The BBC reported on July 3 that a staff worker at NHS Lothian lost a memory stick containing sensitive patient information. The staff worker now faces disciplinary action, and a solution is actively being deployed within the Trust to ensure that information is not compromised again.

James Norman, associate director of George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust, said, "SafeStick® drives are now being deployed throughout the whole Trust, replacing existing memory sticks, thus providing reassurance that should any fall into the wrong hands, the data held on them will be safe from unauthorized disclosure."

SafeStick is a secure USB flash drive made by IT security company BlockMaster®. It encrypts and password-protects all information stored on the drive. SafeStick is used by companies around the world in all industries to protect portable information. The hardware protection ensures that only the rightful owner can access information stored on the SafeStick. By replacing existing memory sticks with the SafeStick, NHS will never again have these problems.

"We were impressed with SafeStick because of the level of security it offered, as well as its ease of use and value," Norman said.

A Labour Party spokesman told the BBC, "Data protection should be a priority, as patient confidentiality must always be one of the foremost considerations at all levels of health service."

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About BlockMaster AB
BlockMaster has the longest track record in the world for delivering always-on security USB flash drives. SafeStick was released in early 2004 and continues to evolve. Today it excels at meeting the demands of both global enterprises and one-man shops.

All BlockMaster products are manufactured under ethical conditions in accordance with global environmental initiatives, including RoHs and WEEE, and are ISO9001-compliant.

SafeStick® is a BlockMaster registered trademark.

About Softek Ltd
Softek is a UK value add distributor (VAD) for IT Security, Archiving and Storage solutions and services.

Softek's vast technical expertise, and customer service in the field of IT Security is legendary, providing a full range of training and support services to Reseller Partners comprising of ASP/MSP's, VAR's, Consultants and System Integrators.

Since inception in 1994, Softek has advocated a comprehensive approach to information security.

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