IronKey, maker of the world's most secure flash drives, today announced that it is providing The Royal Marsden Hospital with its secure, managed USB flash drives to protect data in transit. The Royal Marsden encourages its staff to avoid carrying data on portable devices unless absolutely necessary. To avoid any ambiguity when they do, its policy states that it must be on an IronKey.
The Royal Marsden is committed to promoting excellence in cancer research, treatment and education. Alongside its academic partner, The Institute of Cancer Research, it is a leader in the field, and is at the forefront of many major cancer breakthroughs. Important data and documents need to be transported and shared, and inevitably will be carried on an IronKey. To date, it has received nearly 300 devices with additional IronKeys expected before the end of the year.
IronKey's secure USB drives have been validated for FIPS 140-2, Level 3. IronKey provides malware protection, hardware encryption, privacy protection, comprehensive device management capabilities and a ruggedized, tamperproof enclosure suitable for extreme conditions.
The Royal Marsden's IT Director, Jon Reed said, "We looked at all the leading secure USB drives and IronKey stood out for us on a number of key criteria: its centrally-based policy management, the ability to remotely disable a device, and that they self destruct following a set number of failed login attempts. Our users can't bypass the encryption, and the physical strength of it looks credible. We have a whole program around information security and the IronKey is one facet, and a vital one."
As part of a larger contract awarded to IronKey's elite partner in the UK, Complete Source, The Royal Marsden will utilize the IronKey certified RSA SecurID Ready software to consolidate encrypted mobile storage and strong two-factor authentication into a single device, enabling easier secure connections to its infrastructure from remote locations. This is especially important as The Royal Marsden is no longer confined only to its two Chelsea and Sutton sites, since launching satellite locations around the Southeast.
Mr. Reed concluded, "If the unthinkable happened, and our data was breached, personally I would be devastated. The damage to reputation is one element, but far worse would be losing the trust of the individuals involved. I have the responsibility of sourcing and purchasing solutions, and I'm not just going to settle for the bare minimum to meet government standards. I'm going to invest in the strongest solutions that I possibly can."
About The Royal Marsden
The Royal Marsden Hospital was the first hospital in the world dedicated to cancer treatment and research into the causes of cancer. Today the hospital with its academic partner, The Institute of Cancer Research, forms the largest comprehensive cancer centre in Europe with over 40,000 patients from the UK and abroad seen each year. The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust is ranked as one of the top NHS trusts in the country in the NHS national performance rankings. In October 2008, The Healthcare Commission's Annual Health Check showed that The Royal Marsden received the highest score of 'excellent' for both quality of services and use of its resources for the third year in a row. The Trust provides inpatient, day care and outpatient services for all areas of cancer treatment. The Trust pioneers and innovates in all areas of cancer treatment. It is a leader in its field, striving for excellence. Its unique relationship with The Institute of Cancer Research assists the development of new treatments and brings benefits to patients as quickly as possible.
IronKey's award winning products and services combine the world's most secure flash drive with the world's most powerful USB management software. IronKey's USB flash drives bring the power of authentication, encryption, identity management and privacy to businesses and consumers in 23 countries. IronKey's management software and associated services allow enterprises of all sizes, government agencies, the military, and other organizations to take back control of the mobile data that has been leaking out of their organizations due to the uncontrolled proliferation of USB drives. With IronKey (ironkey.com), organizations centrally administer, remotely manage, and enforce policies on thousands of devices located anywhere in the world. Over 50 Fortune 500 companies, government agencies and military organizations that handle some of the most sensitive security information in the world trust IronKey to protect business critical data. All IronKey products are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated.