NHS Wales is expanding its use of Ipswitch FT’s MOVEit Managed File Transfer system to 5,000 third party public service users, including health boards, social service providers, ambulance operators and the police. One of the major drivers for adopting a secure managed file transfer solution was data protection requirements laid out by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). By using Ipswitch File Transfer’s MOVEit technology, NHS Wales also meets ISO 27001 security standards.
Currently, NHS Wales has a MOVEit user-base of around 2,000 third party users, including social services, ambulance operators and the police. By the end of the summer this installed base is expected to rise to 5,000 users, as awareness and demand for MOVEit grows. NHS Wales is also testing the Ad-Hoc facility within MOVEit for sharing files and data securely through Microsoft Outlook. Employees depend on MOVEit to ensure secure managed transfer of confidential information from health boards to other health boards, and to social services, clinical trial sites, solicitors, police, health inspectorates and external commercial third-parties.
Andrew Glencross, senior IT security specialist at NHS Wales Informatics Service, explained: “As soon as we (NWIS) started using IpswitchFT MOVEit, more and more agencies began asking us if they could take advantage of the service too. We then began rolling it out to other health boards and trusts so that they could also share information securely with their third-parties, such as police crews, ambulance operators, social services, and others – and we simply haven’t stopped! Ipswitch File Transfer’s technology partnered with HANDD Business Solutions’ responsive consultation services has given us a high level of confidence in the security of our data transfers that we didn’t have in the past, helping harness our trusted reputation and meet regulatory compliance across the board.”
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