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October 28, 2010

IronKey encrypts, secures data for Northern Ireland Civil Service

Data Protection Act compliance even though if the device is lost or stolen

By CBR Staff Writer

IronKey, a manufacturer of secure and managed mobile computing offerings, has said it is providing the Northern Ireland Civil Service (NICS) with IronKey Enterprise encryption offering for securing and protecting government data.

With IronKey Enterprise, civil servants can now safely carry sensitive data without violating the Data Protection Act in the event a device is lost or stolen, the company said.

Over 3,000 IronKey devices have already been deployed by NICS, with a further 2,000 due to be rolled out in the future.

The IronKey Enterprise offering gives the ability to a customer to track and record the stolen device and see that it has not been accessed, before remotely destroying all data held on the IronKey.

The device also enables NICS to easily manage thousands of IronKey Enterprise devices and enforce device-specific policies, including password strength, password retry limits and onboard portable applications.

VP EMEA IronKey Colin Woodland said as the Information Commissioners Office is now able to fine organisations up to £500,000 for a data loss, the pressure has increased greatly on IT departments to find a way of protecting data whilst allowing employees to carry-out their work without any restrictions.

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"And from day one, the goal for IronKey, partner Business & Scientific Services (BSS) and the EDA [DFP’s Enterprise Design Authority] have been to deliver a solution which set a benchmark for data security alongside an easy to use solution," Woodland said.

The product has received positive feedback from NICS staff that now has the ability to carry secure encrypted data with them, a spokesperson for the NICS said.

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