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International fostering agency keeps vulnerable children's data safe from harm using Egress Switch

International fostering agency keeps vulnerable children's data safe from harm using Egress Switch

Nov 10, 2015
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London – November 2015 – Egress Software Technologies, a leading provider of encryption services to foster care providers, today announced the use of its secure email solution by Core Assets. The UK’s largest Independent Fostering Agency, Core Asset also operates in nine international locations and works alongside numerous local authorities, police and healthcare organisations to provide vulnerable children with a secure family environment. Egress Switch Secure Email protects and control clients’ sensitive data in email.

Founded in 1994, Core Assets currently has over 100 office locations in 10 different countries, including the UK. Core Assets has also developed its range of services from fostering to supervised contact sessions, home care and consultancy. At the heart of this is delivering high-quality services that never compromise on the safety of children – which involves being able to secure their highly sensitive information when communicating with approved third parties.

Core Assets looks after more than 3,000 children in foster placements throughout the UK. This involves a workforce of approximately 500 employees and requires collaboration with a range of public services. Evidently a lot of information is highly sensitive and consequently they want to be able to secure and protect it when communicating via email. Core Assets deployed Switch to provide the level of information security required.

As part of the review process to select a secure email and file transfer provider, Core Assets needed to not only consider technical functionality but also usability and cost. Switch was able to tick all of these boxes. Seamless integration into the email client means that employees can access data protection at the click of button. In addition, Core Assets are able to scan content against a comprehensive list of bespoke policies to encrypt all sensitive information – even if this option has not been selected at the desktop.

Core Asset’s recipients can also access encrypted content and communicate securely with them free of charge, which has encouraged uptake in approved third parties.

Commenting on the announcement, Egress UK Sales Director Kelly McCann states: “We are delighted to support Core Assets in providing life-changing services to vulnerable children. As foster agencies and other charities work to meet financial targets to improve services, electronic communication provides an efficient and cost-effective alternative to post and courier. By using Switch to encrypt the sensitive information they share via email, Core Assets has not only been able to meet these organisational considerations, but more importantly, better protect the children in their care.”

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About Egress Software Technologies

Egress Software Technologies is the leading provider of hosted and on-premise encryption services designed to secure all forms of electronic information and delivered to customers in both the Public and Private Sectors via a single platform: Egress Switch.

As the first, and currently only, CESG CPA Foundation Grade certified email encryption product on the market, Switch Secure Email enables customers to share highly sensitive information over the internet, without the need to manage external third party credentials. The award-winning Switch portfolio of products also includes Secure File Transfer, Secure Web Form and the latest online collaboration offering, Secure Workspace.

Using patented key management, the platform utilises a unique community-based licensing model known as ‘the Egress Trust Network’ that consists of paying and free Switch subscribers, who are able to share information securely with one another using a single global identity.

About Core Assets

Founded in 1994 by Jim Cockburn and Jan Rees, our journey began in a small office in Bromsgrove, West Midlands, UK where we established our commitment to providing high quality fostering services for Local Authorities and better outcomes for looked after children.

As our reputation grew, so did we. We expanded throughout England, Northern Ireland and Scotland to eventually become the UK’s largest Independent Fostering Agency (IFA). But that’s not all. As our fostering services blossomed we took the opportunity to apply the knowledge and the skills we’d gained, globally – expanding our services into America, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand and Sweden.

Although we were founded in fostering, we’ve become so much more. Our expansion into services for children and families and consultancy and resourcing for the social care sector has helped us make a difference on a wider scale, both in the UK and internationally.

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