Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust, a U.K.-based healthcare provider, recently deployed Fiberlink’s MaaS360 software-as-a-service secure mobile device management and mobile application management offerings, according to Fiberlink.

Using MaaS360, Ashford and St. Peter's was able to quickly roll out Apple iPads to its executive committee, to provide secure access to board papers and email. Ashford and St. Peter's is using mobile devices to access, manage and modify documents in order to streamline its management processes.

"The NHS [U.K. National Health Service] guidelines cement Ashford and St. Peter's prior conviction that no NHS trust should distribute mobile devices without having first deployed an MDM [mobile device management] solution,” James House, health informatics engineer at Ashford and St. Peter's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, said in a statement. “Too many public sector organizations have been embroiled in data loss crises in recent years for the NHS trusts to approach this issue without careful consideration.”

The NHS provides guidelines for the use of tablets and Ashford and St. Peter's found that MaaS360 helps it use devices within these rules.

The application allows Ashford and St. Peter's to deploy tablets with passcode and encryption enforcement enabled; provide a standardized operating system and firmware version, together with current security updates; restrict and remove unwanted applications and services; distribute authorized applications; distribute sensitive documents in a secure container with centralized management; perform remote device wipe for lost or stolen devices; and support other security functions.




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