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Press Release

22nd April 2008

Northern Ireland Health Body Selects CRYPTOcard for Advanced Two-Factor Authentication

CRYPTOcard to deliver 2FA technology for 750 remote users across Northern Ireland’s Health and Social Care organisations

CRYPTOcard - a leading provider of two-factor authentication technology (2FA) - has today announced that Northern Ireland’s Department for Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) has chosen the award-winning CRYPTOShield solution to safeguard the authentication of 750 remote access and systems administrator users. The deployment, replacing DHSSPS’s previous estate of 2FA technology, will commence immediately and is likely to be extended to other user groups following the initial deployment’s roll-out throughout 2008.

“Increasingly we have a significant number of users who require continual access to hugely sensitive ‘patient identifiable’ data wherever they are. It is critical that we keep authenticated access to this data 100% watertight and so we chose CRYPTOcard as the best solution to meet our strict requirements,” said Michael Harnett, ICT Security Manager of the Directorate of Information Systems (DIS) within DHSSPS. DIS delivers regional IT Services to the Health and Social Care (HSC) NI, which numbers around 70,000 employees/users in total across Northern Ireland. “We are strong advocates of the use of 2FA technology to replace traditional passwords, but our existing system dictated the periodic replacement of tokens; and so we sought a solution which offered the highest levels of protection but with a pricing model which delivered best possible value for money.”

Following the initial deployment for 750 health professionals, system support personnel and third party maintenance providers, there are plans to potentially extend its adoption to other groups such as those accessing centrally held web-based waiting list information. Migration from the previous token based solution to CRYPTOShield will be seamless and will not require the expensive and time-consuming token-replacement exercises every three years (or less) that were previously needed.

“The information security demands of HSC are typical of many health organisations that are increasingly charged with delivering remote access to highly sensitive information,” said Jason Hart, Senior VP – Europe, at CRYPTOcard. “We’ve met those needs by offering a secure, resilient and, cost effective solution to requirements that are common to all health organisations that deal with personal data.”


About CRYPTOCard, Inc.
With the best token technology in the industry and the lowest total cost of ownership, CRYPTOCard offers unsurpassed value in solutions for positively identifying individuals before giving them access to applications, data and networks. Twenty years of technical achievements have won CRYPTOCard the trust of thousands of organizations in over seventy countries. CRYPTOCard’s solutions reduce the risks associated with remote access and web-based processes, and increase compliance, at a price all businesses can afford. The only company to offer authentication in server-based, managed service and build-it-yourself options, CRYPTOCard provides the most flexible solutions on the market. For more information, visit
CRYPTOCard is a registered trademark of CRYPTOCard. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

About DIS
DIS is part of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety in Northern Ireland. The role of DIS is to ensure that health and social care in Northern Ireland makes the most effective use of modern ICT services. In doing this DIS is fulfilling the Department's responsibilities in relation to ICT within the range of organisations that make up the Health and Social Care NI.

For further information contact:
David Evans/Marcus Warner
Cohesive Communications
+ 44 (0) 1291 626200

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