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CRYPTOCard Wins Security Contract With UKs Largest Mental Health Trust

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust Buys 400 Two-Factor Authentication Tokens for Remote Workers (November 01, 2006)
DMN Newswire--2006-11-1--CRYPTOCard (www.cryptocard.com), the leading authentication technology developer for heterogeneous environments, has announced that it has been awarded a security contract by the largest mental health trust in the UK to roll out 400 of its KT-1 key chain two-factor authentication tokens to staff working around London.

South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, which provides mental health and substance misuse services for people in South London, as well as specialist mental health services nationally, bought the tokens to ensure patient data is only accessed by qualified people.

?The need for that data to go to only authorised people is critical, says Rian Aldridge, technical infrastructure manager for the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust.  ?If we dont do that properly severe penalties can be applied.

Laws such as the Mental Health Act and the Data Protection Act mean that the trust, which employs 4,500 people, has to demonstrate strict standards of privacy and a high level of IT security to the government.

 

?In some regards, banks have fewer legal requirements than we do that puts a lot of pressure on us it is very, very strict, explained Aldridge.  ?We needed two-factor authentication because we have a lot of external clients and staff who work out of hours.  We have put it in so data only goes to the people it should do.

The KT-1 tokens work by giving staff passwords, which expire after just one use, making them redundant to potential hackers.  This means the organisation has a stronger level of authentication and staff no longer relies on static passwords, which can be easily defeated.

?We have done a lot of work with the public sector so we really understand the need to make things work while keeping costs down, says Jason Hart, CEO of CRYPTOCard Europe.  ?In this case, it is critical that patient data is protected.  It is extremely sensitive information and it is essential that the trust has the tools to secure it.

About South London and Maudsley National Health Service Trust:  South London and Maudsley National Health Service Trust provides mental health and substance misuse services to people of all ages living in the London Boroughs of  Croydon, Lambeth, Southwark and Lewisham. They also provide substance misuse services to the populations of Bexley, Greenwich and Bromley and specialist mental health services to adults and children from across the UK.

About CRYPTOCard, Inc.:  Established in 1989, CRYPTOCard provides cost-effective Secure Password Technology to leading enterprises worldwide in the government, technology, aerospace, financial, education, telecommunications, and healthcare sectors.  CRYPTOCard positively authenticates a users identity by coupling something in the users possession (a smart card, hardware token, or software token), with something the user knows (their PIN), and provides centralized authentication for all physical and network access regardless of network infrastructure or user location.  A Bristol Rugby Club sponsor, CRYPTOCards partners include Cisco, Check Point, Nortel, and Citrix.  For additional information on CRYPTOCard, please visit www.cryptocard.com.


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