NHS Hillingdon Clinical Commissioning Group Secures Remote Device Estate with Absolute during COVID-19 Crisis
London, 20 August 2020: 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;
Improving security and IT operations with fast discovery and remediation of any at-risk device; and
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) comments:
“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 comments:
“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.”
Absolute Software (NASDAQ: ABST) (TSX: ABST) accelerates customers’ shift to work-from-anywhere through the industry’s first self-healing Zero Trust platform, ensuring maximum security and uncompromised productivity. Only Absolute is embedded in more than half a billion devices, offering a permanent digital connection that intelligently and dynamically applies visibility, control and self-healing capabilities to endpoints, applications, and network access to ensure their cyber resilience tailored for distributed workforces. Trusted by nearly 16,000 customers, G2 recognized Absolute as a leader in Zero Trust Networking in the Fall of 2021.