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How the channel can help the NHS stop leaking our data and money - Safestick Review

Why does the NHS constantly lose our personal data? Is it corruption? Is it because nobody cares? Bad management?

Safestick, a secure USB, could be the answer to our problems. It's a simple device, aimed at simpletons who are prone to heft and loss. 

Robert Howorth, senior technical architect at West Suffolk Hospital NHS Trust swears by it.

The NHS has bought 100,000 of its SafeStick USB flash drives right across the Health Service network. (So if you want one cheap, you can probably buy one off an NHS employee).

The Safestick is Password protected and featuries military grade encryption. The NHS uses BlockMaster's SafeConsole management tool as well, so they can track and control their SafeStick portfolio. Using this system, they could remotely track, manage and enforce acceptable use policy for every single drive, anywhere in the county.

Let's hope they get this system at Scotland Yard, so that they can start cleaning up their act.

This was first published in August 2011

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