Check Point Software ensures security of vital public health data

Software secures and streamlines management of NHS Scotland’s sensitive health data in the public cloud and gives hyper scalability to support rapid rollout of COVID-19-related apps and vaccine management systems

Check Point Software Technologies has been chosen by NHS National Services Scotland to secure and streamline the management of its public cloud data and provide complete threat prevention for vital public services.

NHS Scotland provides public health and social care services to the country’s population and has been transitioning healthcare data and services to Microsoft’s Azure public cloud for the past 18 months.

Right now we are building our vaccination management systems, and our cloud-first approach gives us the agility and scalability we need to roll it out nationally while being sure that data and services are secured

And the start of the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the need for security that seamlessly expands on demand to hyper-scale capacity.

Its cloud infrastructure powers the country’s ‘Test & Protect’ services, which has over a million users; as well as the ‘Protect Scotland’ proximity app, so it was critical these services were completely secured against threats and attacks.

The organisation is also developing systems for scheduling and managing COVID-19 vaccinations in Scotland as vaccines become available.

“Check Point’s CloudGuard has been key in enabling us to add new cloud workloads and services without needing to constantly review or deploy new security infrastructure”, said Deryck Mitchelson, chief information security officer, NHS Scotland.

“This means we can focus on the critical public-facing tasks where we can add real value, such as developing and running Scotland’s ‘Test & Protect’ services.

“Right now we are building our vaccination management systems, and our cloud-first approach gives us the agility and scalability we need to roll it out nationally while being sure that data and services are secured.”

As it runs multiple essential healthcare systems, NHS Scotland also needs to have full visibility of who is accessing data, where it is being shared, and how it is used to comply with GDPR and national data security legislation.

Health data is probably Scotland’s most-valuable asset, so it’s essential that it remains absolutely secure wherever it is being stored or accessed

To secure its healthcare data and services to the public cloud, NHS Scotland has implemented:

  • CloudGuard IaaS which delivers the same advanced threat prevention and data security in public clouds as the organisation’s on-premises security gateways, through the same management interface
  • Check Point Maestro orchestration delivers the hyper-scale features that NHS Scotland requires, enabling it to seamlessly expand the capacity of existing security gateways to meet growing demands

“Health data is probably Scotland’s most-valuable asset, so it’s essential that it remains absolutely secure wherever it is being stored or accessed,” said Mitchelson.

“We now have much more visibility than we had before we implemented the Check Point solutions. We can really understand where the data is and who is accessing it, from where, and ensure it is protected at every point of entry.”

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