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March 25, 2008 – London, UK – Stonewood Electronics Ltd, the leading designer and manufacturer of encrypted hard drives, announced it is launching a series of seminars addressing how healthcare IT professionals can avoid costly data breaches, meet regulatory compliance requirements, and select the right tools to safeguard patients’ records.

Recent high-profile data breaches underscore the importance of data loss prevention technologies and strategies. David Nicholson, NHS Chief Executive, has revealed guidelines to protect sensitive information. However, Stonewood believes that the current guidelines alone are not enough and that hardware encryption, authentication and firm rules around implementing data encryption programmes are critical to ensure patient information is only available to the correct people.

Most of the information that is lost today is not as a result of attacks at all, it's as a result of information simply being mislaid or lost. Unlike software encryption, Flagstone protected devices also bring security to a PC’s sleep and off modes. If the PC enters sleep mode, or is turned off, hardware encrypted devices become protected, requiring re-authentication when the PC is powered up again. Flagstone’s Fully Encrypted Hard Drives combine advanced whole disk encryption with expert authentication, ensuring that, in the event of the computer being stolen or illegally accessed, all the data saved to the computer and held on the hard drive remains inaccessible to unauthorised users.

Stonewood CEO, Brendan Forster said: “We know only too well how often data goes missing, often damaging hospitals’ or trusts’ reputations as well as patient security, and, conversely, how simple steps can ensure that data is managed and controlled.” Forster added: “We hope our seminars will be a useful resource to healthcare IT professionals, helping them ensure data security while improving workforce mobility.”

Attendees will learn:

· How data loss prevention has become one of the most affordable ways to ensure patient privacy and meet regulatory compliance requirements.

· Fundamental processes that need to be in place to secure data at rest.

· Data loss prevention processes and data loss prevention software used in the industry to maintain privacy and security and enhance workflow for all healthcare personnel.

· Avoiding data loss and how best to react should the worst happen.

Stonewood is best known for its Flagstone data encryption hard drives, which have received NATO approval and are used by governments and the largest banking, financial and medical corporations to protect their data. Flagstone technology integrates sophisticated authentication, entire disk encryption and data storage into tamper-resistant hardware that safeguards data, providing instant data protection with no adverse effects on the computer’s performance.

In November 2007 Stonewood ran a number of successful seminars examining securing data at rest that were attended by a range of industry professionals including: ICT managers, information governance managers, IT security officers and computer network managers from the NHS and government departments.

For more information on the seminars and to register, please contact: Flavio da Silva, Marketing Manager, Flagstone Stonewood, on 01929 55 44 00 or email

About Stonewood: - Stonewood is an innovative solutions-driven company that designs and manufactures the industry leading FlagStone range of hardware encrypted hard drives.

Chosen by the world’s foremost financial, banking and medical corporations. The FlagStone range of hard drives are Operating System and Application independent. They provide sophisticated authentication, data storage and entire disk protection in one tamper-resistant device.

The drives provide advanced data security yet have no adverse effects on your computer performance and require no specialist IT knowledge to install or operate. Our FlagStone Range is simple-to-use, simple to manage and exceptionally secure.

The FlagStone range includes a portable USB device, FlagStone Freedom and three internal hard drives: FlagStone Corporate for the private sector and FlagStone Baseline and Enhanced for Governments, Defence Departments and Law Enforcement Agencies.

FlagStone Drives are FIPS 140-2 Validated as well as ‘Approved for Use’ by NATO and by CSE for the Government of Canada, and both DIPCOG & CESG CAPS certified.

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