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Chartered Accountant takes pro-active steps to protect client data and avoid fines of up to £500,000

Chartered Accountant takes pro-active steps to protect client data and avoid fines of up to £500,000

Sep 1, 2010
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London - September 2010 – Egress Software Technologies, an innovator in secure collaboration, announced today that Morris Owen has selected Egress Switch to protect and control information shared between the firm and its clients.

New legislation introduced on 6th April 2010 gave the Information Commissioner's Office the power to issue fines of up to £500,000 for breaching the Data Protection Act. This dramatic change to UK Statute placed organisations that process client information in grave danger as guidelines stipulate the use of encryption when transferring personally identifiable information electronically.

Morris Owen has provided financial services throughout the South West since the early 1930s and frequently exchange confidential information with their clients. Offering an extensive range of general and specialist accountancy services including payroll bureau, corporate finance, and audit, Morris Owen became increasingly concerned with the risks associated with sharing sensitive data. Acting in the interests of their clients, a firm wide review was carried out to ensure that appropriate measures were in place to safeguard the security of information sent by email, CD/DVD, or uploaded to Cloud Servers.

"We have always taken data security very seriously at Morris Owen, however this new legislation represents a substantial risk to our clients," said Partner Ian Sumbler. "Using Switch, we can fulfil our commitment to providing leading financial services and now offer secure collaboration services completely free of charge when communicating with Morris Owen."

Delivered as a hosted service to guarantee rapid deployment and low cost of ownership, Egress Switch enables users to encrypt information in a single click, protecting data wherever it resides. Sumbler continues, "Since the firm has implemented Egress Switch we are confident that information we distribute externally meets UK legal requirements and mitigates the risk of data loss. Switch integrates seamlessly with our daily workflow, making it easy to use, while offering the level of assurance we need when processing client data. Best of all, our clients now benefit in return, enabling them to protect and audit confidential information, as its all part of the service."

Egress Switch offers complete protection of outbound data regardless of file size or transport mechanism. Using AES 256-bit encryption, Switch secures confidential information sent by email, copied to USB removable media, burnt to CD/DVD, or uploaded to FTP/Cloud Servers. Access privileges can then be modified or revoked in real-time, even after the information is sent or shared. This allows users to instantly 'pull information back' should there be evidence that data has been lost or mishandled.

Egress Switch also offers data classification and customisable disclaimer notifications, making email encryption, media encryption, and large file transfer more secure and easier than ever. This next generation level of control, combined with integrated workflow features, mitigates the risk of unintentional data loss and enforces recipient responsibility when handling confidential information.

For further information and pricing on Egress Switch or to download the software, visit www.egress.com.

About Morris Owen

Morris Owen is an innovative Swindon based firm of Chartered Accountants with a second office in Cirencester. Established in the 1930’s, with specialist departments covering independent financial advice, specialist tax consultancy and corporate finance, the firm prides itself in the range and quality of services into the SMB market sector. In addition computer hardware and software procurement, IT consultancy and support can be delivered through their IT Company, GHS (UK) Limited, further strengthening the support offered to the business community.

Ian Sumbler
Morris Owen
Tel: +44 (0) 1793 603 900
Ian.Sumbler@morrisowen.com

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