Centre Hospitalier Universitaire
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Tackles Device Theft with Absolute
Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU) de Clermont-Ferrand is the largest hospital in the Auvergne region of central France. It has around 6,000 medical and administrative staff supporting some 2,000 patients and providing a broad range of general healthcare services to people in the area.
The hospital has around 4,000 devices used by administrators for running the hospital and by clinicians for delivering healthcare services within the hospital campus and in the local community that the hospital serves. While most of these computers are located in secure, staff-only parts of the hospital, a number are used in more public places, with several laptops used both on and off campus.
CHU de Clermont-Ferrand was losing an average of two devices each month to theft. Sensitive patient data was secured as it was hosted in the hospital’s data centre but device theft created a considerable disruption to the end user’s work, not to mention the extra IT resources required to replace and configure a new device each time. Hervé Grandjean, Head of Administrative Information and Services for CHU de Clermont-Ferrand, needed to find a practical and cost-effective solution to secure his endpoints.
CHU de Clermont-Ferrand deployed Absolute on 270 of the most vulnerable PCs and laptops in deployment, which are used by staff in public areas and out in the community.
As a result of Absolute’s partnerships with leading device manufacturers, Persistence technology is embedded into the core of devices at the factory. If the agent has been removed or the hard drive is completely reformatted or replaced, Persistence ensures that it is automatically reinstalled. “We think Absolute is a very effective solution because it cannot be removed, even when the operating system or hard drive is reinstalled,” says Grandjean.
“Apart from the fact that we now have an additional level of computer security and an effective way to recover stolen hardware, I can communicate to the rest of the organization and others that we have a solution like Absolute, which acts as deterrent against future theft. For the hospital, having Absolute and telling people about it are important tools in helping us reduce the significant disruption, inconvenience, and cost that device theft causes,” says Grandjean.