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LONDON, England: Thales has announced that its specialist cryptographic services provider Trustis has been awarded a place on G-Cloud 8, the UK Government’s cloud services procurement framework. Trustis is making Vormetric data at rest encryption services from Thales available as an assured cloud service to organisations across the UK public sector including central government, local government, health, education, devolved administrations, emergency services, defence and not-for-profit organisations.

The G-Cloud framework is offered via the Digital Marketplace and is provided by The Crown Commercial Service (CCS). The CCS acts on behalf of the Crown to drive savings for the taxpayer and improve the quality of commercial and procurement activity. The 8th iteration of the popular G-Cloud Framework aims to further improve the procurement process of cloud-based services for organisations within the public sector.

As government organisations face increasing pressure to protect sensitive data, and the measures and procedures by which data security is implemented come under greater scrutiny, encryption is rapidly becoming the single most effective strategy to counter compromise. In a speech given this year at the ‘Privacy Laws & Business Annual Conference on Data Protection’ in Cambridge, the Minister for Data Protection, Baroness Neville-Rolfe, highlighted the challenges facing these organisations: “If organisations misuse or lose [this] data they are breaching not only people’s rights, they are invading their privacy. They risk damaging people’s wellbeing not just data sets. It is no longer just about breaches and technology failures; it is about individual’s distress, fear, anger and an erosion of trust. ‘Protection’ should be about respect for individuals and the personal information they share in good faith. That should shift the focus in the board room from a technical issue to a reputational and commercial one.”

As a worldwide leader in data encryption solutions, Thales is committed to helping UK Government address these challenges through its scalable, efficient, transparent and agile enterprise data protection at-rest solutions. Through Trustis, public sector organisations will now have access to the Thales Vormetric Data Security offerings, which allow end-customers to encrypt their data, and to own the encryption keys used. Customers also get full policy-driven control of data, and visibility into the detail of who, what, when and how sensitive data is accessed. The Trustis ‘Vormetric Data Security’ entry on the Framework is in the Software-as-a-Service category and supported by Trustis’ Specialist Cloud Services (SCS) to help implement it.

Louise Bulman, vice president UK and Ireland, Thales e-Security says: “Being available via the Government’s G-Cloud 8 Framework is an important step for Thales, as we demonstrate our commitment to the digital transformation of the public sector” said Louise Bulman, VP for Thales U.K and Ireland Sales. “With threats to data on the rise and encryption being the most effective defensive measure, we look forward to Trustis bringing our services to a marketplace that will enable public sector organisations to take advantage of our security technology with ease and with confidence.”

Robert Hann, Director of Sales at Trustis says: “Trustis has been a G-Cloud supplier since its inception. Our partnership with Thales enables us to expand these services and help public sector organisations to benefit from cloud-based solutions while retaining control and peace of mind through more robust protection of sensitive data that complies with legal requirements.”