NHS National Services Scotland Selects Lumension to Protect Vital Information

Friday, 24 July 2009 LumensionĀ®, the global leader in operational endpoint security, has been selected by NHS National Services Scotland to enforce security policies governing the storage of data on portable storage devices such as laptops, USB sticks and CDs or DVDs. NHS National Services Scotland procures IT software on behalf of the 22 Scottish Health Boards. The organisation is responsible for delivering the best value for public money when new information security products are sourced.

The “Data Handling Procedures in UK Government” report, published by the Information Commissioner’s office in June 2008, highlighted the need to restrict access to public sector data and to encrypt data held on removable storage devices. Following its publication, the Scottish Government made Ā£1million available to the Scottish Health Boards to enable them to comply with the latest data handling requirements. The report led to rigorous product specifications being developed for the procurement of information security products by public sector departments throughout the UK.

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Health chiefs to tighten up security of medical records

HEALTH chiefs in the Lothians have said they have taken action to protect patient data, after being criticised over two separate cases where medical records were lost.
The health board has been rapped by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which investigated the incidents.

In one, a USB memory stick containing the personal information of 137 patients was lost by a community health worker last June.

The ICO said the memory stick belonged to an employee and should not have been used to store NHS Lothian data.

Also in June last year, a document wallet with 25 paper files about patients was left in a shop.

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