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CoSoSys endpoint DLP helps protect NHS ambulance services

Endpoint Protector by CoSoSys was deployed to control removable devices and enforce endpoint encryption wherever some 4000 staff at NHS South East Coast Ambulance (SECAmb) operate across some 3600 square miles.

According to the vendor, Endpoint Protector by CoSoSys was offered and deployed by channel partner Trusted Technology to answer the ambulance services’ ongoing concerns about controlling ports and managing portable devices.

“Not only were Trusted Technology able to provide the perfect product to meet our needs but we could also deploy it alongside pre-existing security measures, which minimised disruption in our organisation,” said Stewart Edwards, IT security manager at SECAmb, in the vendor case study.

“We now have complete control over ports and can minimise data loss.”

SECAmb also needed something easy to deploy and compatible with existing management and security products, while implementing granular device control and encryption across the organisation that complied with its Data Security and Protection Toolkit (DSPT) requirements, according to CoSoSys.

“Removable devices can often be insecure and offer significant risks of data breach to organisations. This is an issue for all organisations, but more so for healthcare organisations like SECAmb that have access to particularly sensitive information,” it said.

Paramedics and other ambulance staff wear bodycams on shift, it added.

Encryption helps maintain security and privacy of patients as well as service staff, even when data is communicated elsewhere across the ambulance service’s 110 sites across Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey and north-east Hampshire.

Endpoint Protector by CoSoSys discovers and secures data whether in transit or in storage on endpoint devices such as workstations and laptops. Capabilities include content inspection, contextual scanning, and granular control of USBs and other peripherals.

CoSoSys was acquired in February by another cybersecurity vendor, Netwrix.

Kevin Gallagher, chief executive of CoSoSys, noted in the related announcement that hybrid and remote work has expanded the attack surface, increasing the risk of data exfiltration.

“Proper control over endpoints has become even more crucial,” he said.

Data loss prevention (DLP) tools like Endpoint Protector are aimed at monitoring and controlling data in relation to data sensitivity and user roles, helping block unauthorised access to corporate information.

( Photo by Super Straho on Unsplash )

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