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Holmdene Housing uses Egress Switch to secure service users' confidential information and remain compliant with data protection legislation

Holmdene Housing uses Egress Switch to secure service users' confidential information and remain compliant with data protection legislation

Jan 20, 2015
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London – January 2015 – Egress Software Technologies, a leading provider of encryption solutions to Third Sector organisations, today announced the use of Egress Switch by London-based housing association Holmdene Housing. Using Switch, Holmdene Housing is able to apply the appropriate levels of protection to the sensitive data it needs to share electronically with local authorities and other external organisations.

Paul Johnson, Operations Director at Holmdene Housing, explains: “Holmdene Housing works closely with many local authorities, to provide crucial services to vulnerable young people. As such, we are required to hold and share confidential electronic information about our clients. It is consequently of the utmost importance that this is secured not only in our offices but when sent to external organisations. In particular, Holmdene Housing sends and receives confidential emails with local authorities and needed an encryption solution that would help us to comply with data protection agreements. We deployed Switch to meet this need.”

Founded in 2001, Holmdene Housing provides accommodation and support for young people aged 16 – 18, including those leaving foster care, new and expectant mothers, young offenders, and unaccompanied minors seeking asylum. This involves not only providing housing for semi-independent living, but also carrying out one-to-one specialist support, emergency placements, education and training advice, and help preparing to move into independent accommodation. As a result, Holmdene Housing is required to share sensitive information with appropriate contacts within local authorities and other select organisations.

Mr Johnson continues: “We decided to use Switch to help us maintain our reliable and high-quality service. A flexible and user-friendly solution, Switch more than meets our requirement.”

Designed to provide a genuine ‘one-click’ email and file encryption solution, Switch integrates seamlessly with a variety of email clients, including Microsoft Office. Real-time auditing and control, as well as date and time restrictions, and the ability to revoke access to secure packages, Switch enables users to remain in control of the information they share.

Egress UK Sales Manager Kelly McCann comments: “Holmdene Housing’s decision to purchase Switch reflects a growing trend amongst housing associations to secure the confidential information they share with third parties, particularly local authorities. As in the case of Holmdene Housing, this information is shared to provide crucial services to individuals at risk. By using Switch to secure sensitive data, Holmdene Housing are not only demonstrating their excellent commitment to data protection but also to the maintaining an exceptional level of service delivery.”

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

Tel: +44 (0) 207 624 8500


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 Holmdene Housing

Launched in 2001, the ethos of Holmdene is to prepare its young people for independent living through a semi-independence programme based around their personal needs and underpinned by the ‘five outcomes’, which work towards young people engaging, staying safe and healthy, which in turn encourages them to learn, enjoy and achieve their full economic and personal potential.

Holmdene's philosophy is to build self-esteem, awareness, pride and aspiration through mentoring and inspiring young people to fulfil their ambitions, while working in partnership with other professionals.

Holmdene is able to respond quickly and effectively to the requests of Local Authorities, and able to offer specialised services for the varying needs and challenges faced by our client group.

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