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Symantec Helps Major UK Healthcare Trust Comply With Latest ICO Data Regulation

READING, UK – Symantec – Wednesday 21st November, 2012 Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC) today announced that its Data Loss Prevention solution is being deployed by Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, an acute district general hospital in England servicing a population of more than 270,000 people, to support in its compliance with the latest Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) regulations on data protection.

The Bedford Hospital Trust has taken the strategic decision to deploy Symantec Data Loss Prevention to monitor and protect confidential Microsoft Exchange email traffic, in order to comply with the lates data protection regulations. It has chosen Symantec’s Data Loss Preventionpackage to replace an assortment of mail filtering tools and scan its outbound email traffic to prevent the potential loss of confidential data.

Mark Austin, Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Bedford Hospital NHS Trust, says: “As a healthcare provider to more than 270,000 people, patient confidentiality is critical. Our hospital has clear policies in place to determine which data can and can’t be stored or transmitted by email and this system will help us ensure that these policies are adhered to.”

Symantec’s Data Loss Prevention solution is being used to highlight the potential improvements which could be made to business processes for transmitting confidential data—such as patient records, employee information and Trust data— as well as to ensure the hospital is not exposed to fiscal penalties for data loss from the ICO.

Matt Ellard, UK and Ireland vice president at Symantec, commented: “Today information is the lifeblood of any organisation and the protection and management of this information is absolutely critical, particularly within the healthcare environment where considerable volumes of sensitive data need to be handled on a daily basis. We want our customers to be able to do what they do with the confidence that they comply with the necessary regulations. To work with one of busiest hospital trusts in England to help ensure the best possible protection of its information, their patients and staff  is a concrete demonstration of our continued innovation and commitment to setting the standard for our industry.”

Dawn Monaghan, Strategic Liaison Group Manager for Public Services, at the ICO in the U.K. says: “The health service holds some of the most sensitive information available. The damage and distress caused by the loss of a patient’s medical record is obvious, therefore it is vital that organisations across this sector make sure its data protection practices are adequate.”


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Symantec Data Loss Prevention monitors and protects confidential information with little infrastructure overhead. It accesses laptops and desktops, where data is created to gain visibility over the use of confidential data in order to quickly identify the best way to protect data and remediate incidents.

Symantec Protection Suite Enterprise Edition is powered with Symantec Insight and protects with the industry’s fastest, most-effective endpoint security, combined with industry-leading messaging protection and innovative web security. Powerful, centralised visibility and control are achieved with Symantec Protection Centre enabling policy enforcement, consolidated reporting, and real-time intelligence to increase security posture while reducing upfront and on-going costs.

Symantec Enterprise Vault is an archiving platform that bridges the gap between legal and IT by adding intelligence to the way organisations store, manage, and discover unstructured information.  As the industry’s most widely-deployed archiving solution, Enterprise Vault deduplicates information, reduces backup and storage costs, and enables a repeatable and defensible discovery process. 

Symantec Backup Exec delivers market leading backup and recovery protection from server to desktop and easily protects more data while reducing storage costs and improving backup performance through integrated deduplication and archiving technology.  Backup Exec reduces business downtime with unmatched technology that recovers critical Microsoft applications and VMware or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments in seconds.  

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Cherry Giles
Symantec Corporation
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Emma Ralphson
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