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Egress Software Technologies and Spire Healthcare selected as finalists in the Computing Security Awards for ‘Security Project of the Year’

Egress Software Technologies and Spire Healthcare selected as finalists in the Computing Security Awards for ‘Security Project of the Year’

Sep 17, 2013
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London – September 2013 – In recognition of work carried out to secure highly confidential patient information, Egress Software Technologies and Spire Healthcare have been shortlisted for the 2013 Computing Security Awards in the category of Security Project of the Year (Private Sector).

Project overview

With 37 hospitals throughout the country, more than 7,600 employees and over 930,000 patients visiting their facilities annually, Spire Healthcare is one of the leading UK-based providers of private healthcare. As such, Spire employees often have to share highly confidential patient information with a range of external third parties, including NHS hospitals and clinics, patients, and staff outside existing secure networks. In line with their commitment to providing the highest quality medical care, Spire recognised the need to adopt a comprehensive approach to protecting this information that was also simple for staff to use.

As the market-leading email and file encryption solution for private healthcare providers, Egress Switch enables medical professionals to communicate securely between hospitals throughout the UK, as well as with third party organisations.

Ensuring success

Commenting at the time of the project, Spire Healthcare’s Head of IT Technical Services Sean Conroy stated: “Using Switch, Spire staff can secure and manage the information they share externally. Package restrictions and the ability to revoke access enables us to, if necessary, place limitations on what recipients can do with the information that is shared with them. This control and auditing functionality has enabled us to remain compliant with the NHS Information Governance policies, which is a key part of ensuring the ongoing success of our partnership with the NHS.

“In addition, under the ISO certification, we have to examine all information security risks, implementing a solution that both addresses these risks and is flexible to our evolving requirements,” continues Conroy. “As Switch offers a fully configurable service, it helps us to remain compliant. For example, Switch can be deployed based upon our individual security policies – it can scan email content and prompt a user to encrypt based on whether key terms are being used. As such, we have an encryption product that can be adapted in line with our security policy.”

Speaking about the announcement, Egress CEO Tony Pepper declared: “We are delighted to be shortlisted along with Spire Healthcare for the Security Project of the Year (Private Sector) at this year’s Computing Security Awards. Working in close partnership with Spire, we were able to tailor a solution to their information security needs that has enabled them to remain competitive under both NHS and industry standards. Given the success of this project, it is obviously very pleasing to receive this recognition from Computing Security, which we feel further endorses the work carried out by Egress with all of our clients to improve their data security and protect the information they share.”

Read the full Egress and Spire Healthcare case study here.

For more information, contact Rebecca Bailey – Marketing and Communications, Egress Software Technologies:

Tel: 0207 624 8500


About Egress Software Technologies

Egress Software Technologies is the leading provider of email and file encryption software, offering innovative on-demand data security to enable organisations and individuals in the Public and Private Sectors to share confidential information with third parties.

Combining on-premise and hosted cloud infrastructure with patented key management, Egress Switch provides a unique community-based licensing model called the Egress Trust Network. The Network is made up of paying and free Egress Switch subscribers, who are able to share information securely with one another using a single global identity. Delivered as a fully managed service, the Trust Network has grown virally to over 500,000 members.

Used by organisations around the world, integrated desktop and mobile applications ensure easy-to-use software, designed to aid compliance and streamline user workflow.

About Spire Healthcare

Spire Healthcare is a leading provider of private healthcare, with 37 private hospitals throughout the UK. The company is built on a proud heritage of over 25 years’ experience of running successful private hospitals. The company was formed from the sale of BUPA Hospitals to Cinven in 2007, followed by the purchase of Classic Hospitals and Thames Valley Hospital in 2008.

We work with over 3,000 of the country’s most experienced consultant surgeons and other specialists to deliver tailored, personalised care to our patients, whether they’re funded through medical insurance or paying for their own treatment.

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