Having identified the challenges of delivering the required solutions, the Service looked for a supplier with which they could build a strong alliance. The preferred supplier was required to support all existing solutions whilst also providing new solutions and resource and transition these to support the strategy.
ITHealth were initially consulted over the need to deploy a 2,500 user VPN two-factor authentication solution with some complex user requirements, including using the NHS smartcard as the authentication token. A solution was designed around the ITHealth Secure-IT VPN product, to use the existing firewall deployment and support other types of token including mobile, physical, email, and SMS.
Following the roll-out of the VPN solution, the Service had a need to refresh its existing deployment of firewalls. ITHealth were again consulted and proposed a design and project plan to allow a phased refresh to work around the 24/7 operation of the Service.
As part of this discussion, the wider security environment was considered and ITHealth proposed an innovative approach which would allow the Service to consolidate its disparate security applications (AV, endpoint, encryption, web, email, next generation firewall, network, web server, and wireless). The new solution is part of the Sophos portfolio and provides a number of benefits including centralised security management, reduced operational resource and dynamic security communication. ITHealth is a Sophos Gold Solution Partner and has the pre-requisite certifications, experience and knowledge to design and deploy the entire range of Sophos products.