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Is PSN approval enough?

Anyone associated with local government right now is aware of the headache of PSN (Public Services Network) approval, the evidence trail, the multiple iterations and the tight timescales. However, with the constant squeeze on local authority budgets and the drive to working with partners to deliver services, is PSN enough? How do you protect the information about a vulnerable child, when sharing it with the school, NHS, Police, private counselling contractor and so on. In a recent survey* 67% of councils stated that they are sharing data with 5 or more partners to deliver the Troubled Families initiative. This number can only increase as other programmes such as the move of children’s public health commissioning to local authorities next year. One of the issues thrown up by this approach is the ability to share data. Survey respondents raised this as one of their primary concerns: ‘Data Sharing between organisations’; clear and consistent co-ordination and information sharing’; ‘Culture shift from silo working and inconsistent collaboration’. Pro2col already help several councils to address these issues with cost-effective, secure file transfer solutions, including Cambridgeshire County Council. “Our users and partners are very happy, we have successfully changed our file transfer methods with minimal disruption, we have very robust measures in place to prevent leaked data, and we’ve exceeded all of our objectives for the project.” ALAN SHIELDS. IT Architect Team Manager If you would like more information on the solution we provided for Cambridgeshire, please download the case study from here.  ...

Cambridgeshire County Council adopts Ipswitch File Transfer’s MOVEit

Following consultation with Pro2col, Cambridgeshire County Council has deployed Ipswitch’s MOVEit managed file transfer (MFT) technology to secure the transfer of data files, and to protect citizen, organisation and management information across 100 locations and 4,000 workers. MOVEit allows the secure transfer and sharing of files within the council, and gives the council full control and visibility of file transfers to external departments and associations, such as healthcare organisations, housing providers and charities. “We needed technology that met our IT and business needs. From an IT perspective, this included security parameters, integration with existing applications, servers and processes, and ease-of-use for our employees and partners,” Alan Shields, IT Architect for Cambridgeshire County Council, said. “We’d previously used a secure FTP platform and the Government Connect Gateway, but we needed to have a broader solution that would allow us to securely share important files with third parties. With MOVEit, we now have visibility and control over file activity, so we know where data is, who has access to it and who has shared it. It’s important to us as a public body, that we know where our files are at all times, and with Ipswitch File Transfer we have that peace of...

Socitm 2012: Managed File Transfer for Councils

We’ve been working closely with councils throughout the UK to simplify, secure and streamline their file transfer, so we couldn’t miss the opportunity to attend Socitm 2012; the No. 1 UK ICT event for councils.  The conference has kicked off today (here’s a breakdown of the programme) and the Pro2col team are ready and waiting to share the knowledge and experience that we have gained from working with councils to secure person-to-person file transfers and automate the movement of sensitive data into and out of the organisation. On a similar note, this is the ideal moment to publically release our lastest e-book: The Council’s Guide to Secure Managed File Transfer, which is now available for download.  It covers a range of issues surrounding the secure movement within councils including: How to eliminate the problems caused when employees resort to insecure, non-compliant file transfer methods such as email. Ensuring you meet with UK data security and compliance legislation including The Data Protection Act and PCI DSS. Providing your employees with a quick and simple way to send and receive sensitive files both internally and with third parties. Automating the transfer of files, saving time and money. How to regain control over file transfer processes and user access. If you’re at the conference and would like to speak to one of our managed file transfer experts, drop by stand 8 (piccy attached) – we’re always happy to help.  If you’ve not been able to make it this year and you’d like to talk to us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the office on 0333 123...

Powys County Council might have saved £130,000 by using Ipswitch MOVEit DMZ

This month the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office has served a Monetary Penalty Notice of £130,000 to Powys County Council, after the details of a child protection case were sent to the wrong recipient. The penalty is the highest that the ICO has served since it received the power in April 2010. The severity of the penalty reflects the fact that the local authority had already received a warning from the ICO to tighten up its security measures following a similar breach. Over the past 18 months Pro2col has worked closely with a number of County Councils looking to implement a simple way of securing person to person, ad hoc   file transfers.  Additionally, with County Councils looking to centralise or share the cost of services (Shared Services), Ipswitch’s MOVEit DMZ with the Ad Hoc module has proved a very popular choice, especially considering the cost of the Enterprise licence in comparison to other vendors. MOVEit DMZ has another extremely popular feature – the option to licence multiple organisations on the same server, providing separate branding options for other services, e.g. Fire, Police, District and Borough Councils, whilst keeping users and data separate.  This dramatically reduces the total cost of ownership. If you’re a Council with a requirement to secure person to person file transfer whilst benefiting from an industry leading secure file transfer server, then speak to one of our consultants. We’ll assess your individual requirements and help you to evaluate the best solution for your needs from the market leading managed file transfer vendors with whom we...