NHS Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group secures remote device estate with Absolute during COVID-19 Crisis

Leading Clinical Commissioning Group secures device endpoints during the Covid-19 outbreak with Absolute Software to ensure full cyber security

by Patrick Sullivan, Political Editor on 20 August 2020 08:17

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NHS Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), a membership organisation of 45 general practices, has secured its entire 300 device estate of laptops and tablet computers with Absolute, the leader in Endpoint Resilience solutions.

The organisation, which is responsible for commissioning health services in Hillingdon including community health and hospital services, provides IT equipment and support for 45 health practices across the borough.

Recent investments and improvements have included purchasing laptops for clinicians and practice staff to work from home during the COVID-19 crisis, and tablet computers so that patients can complete questionnaires about the state of their health upon arrival at the GP surgery. With the health and welfare of thousands of residents to manage, along with an increasingly mobile workforce, NHS Hillingdon CCG needed a security solution to protect their 300-device estate.

Due to increasing security standards and compliance requirements, Hillingdon CCG was looking to upgrade and improve its existing cyber security systems to ensure devices and sensitive information remain protected. After a competitive review process, Hillingdon CCG chose the Absolute platform, which enables full visibility into the location and status of all devices, including those that lack necessary security updates, and the ability to freeze or wipe devices if required.

With Absolute, Hillingdon CCG was able to enhance its endpoint security posture by:

Protecting sensitive patient data across every endpoint, in any location, with a persistent connection to all devices as well as mproving security and IT operations with fast discovery and remediation of any at-risk device. Responding to incidents faster with automatic location, device freezing, and deletion of data.

David Gulbrandsen, head of IT Security and Networks at NHS Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) told The Commentator, “With Absolute, our entire laptop and tablet estate is completely protected, enabling us to track, update and wipe devices at the touch of a button. This means our GPs and health professionals can operate without fear of security risks and focus on treating patients and looking after those who need it most.”

Andy Harcup, AVP, Absolute Software added: “As one of London’s leading healthcare providers, NHS Hillingdon CCG is required to move quickly, managing patient needs both inside and outside of the surgery. We’re very proud to help enable complete endpoint security across the entire device estate, protecting critical data and ensuring that every single laptop or tablet computer can be frozen and wiped as required. Increasingly, we’re seeing ambitious CCGs and Trusts within the NHS choosing our solutions to provide Endpoint Resilience and enable every member of staff to operate confidently knowing their devices, and the sensitive information contained on them, are properly secured.”

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