London – March 2017
Egress Software Technologies, a leading provider of data security services to government, announces Perth and Kinross Council’s use of Egress Switch Email and File Transfer when sharing sensitive emails and files with a range of external recipients.
Perth and Kinross Council provides a wide range of local services and support to the community, including education, social work services, housing, planning, road maintenance, waste collection, and culture and leisure facilities. As a result, council staff routinely share information via email with a range of approved third parties – such as independent social workers, foster care agencies, and numerous contractors.
Given the potential sensitivity of the data being shared, the council recognised the need to take the necessary precautions to secure their confidential data.
Switch Secure Email and File Transfer is used by Perth and Kinross Council to enable its staff to send and receive encrypted emails across a varied network of third parties. The service allows users to revoke access to information in real time, even after it has reached the recipient’s mailbox. Users can also review detailed audit information for every email and control user’s actions – such as printing, forwarding, and copying and pasting – to make sure sensitive information is handled correctly. In response, recipients are able to receive and reply to encrypted emails completely free of charge, ensuring shared data is protected at all times.
About Perth and Kinross Council
Perth and Kinross is situated within a central location in Scotland. It covers a geographical area of around 5,286 km², and has an estimated population of 149,520. Over the past 10 years, the area has experienced the second highest population growth in Scotland (9.5%) which is more than 3 times the national average.
As a driving force for our communities, our ambition is to support the achievement of better outcomes for all, at every life stage. People are at the heart of everything we do. Our communities are unique, and their sense of place will define our work and our legacy, as a Council and collectively with our partners. With a focus on improvement, we will listen to communities, understand what is important, recognise and mobilise strengths and work together to deliver what matters. Together, we will help people achieve the aspirations of our communities.
Our focus on prevention will deliver early action which protects and promotes positive outcomes. We will raise awareness of the causes, outcomes and consequences of inequality. We will reinforce our connectedness and secure a fairer and more equitable society.