Kasten Chase to secure sensitive data for Ontario's Smart Systems for Health Agency

Toronto 14 February 2005Kasten Chase, a developer of storage security solutions, has been selected by the Ontario Government's Smart Systems for Health Agency (SSHA) to provide its Assurency SecureData solution to secure the back-up of sensitive health information.


"We are committed to the highest level of security and protection for personal health information", stated Linda Weaver, Chief Technology Officer, SSHA, an innovative Ontario government agency that electronically connects doctors, hospitals, laboratories, public health offices, community care access centres and pharmacies, in order to improve the flow of patient information. "We believe that the introduction of encryption into our storage environment provides the information assurance necessary to meet our high standards of confidentiality."

The project, awarded through a competitive bid process, will begin with a pre-production pilot phase integrating Kasten Chase's solution within the Agency's storage back-up infrastructure, which utilizes StorageTek tape systems. StorageTek Canada is already a Kasten Chase partner and the two companies are working closely together to ensure the successful completion of this initial phase of the project.

"SSHA should be applauded for being pro-active in protecting sensitive health care information on behalf of the citizens of Ontario", stated Michael Milligan, President and CEO of Kasten Chase. "We are pleased to have been chosen to secure one of their critical storage applications."

Kasten Chase offers enterprise-class, business solutions for secure storage, secure collaboration, and secure remote access. Kasten Chase is the developer of Assurency SecureData, a Secure Information Management solution that integrates data management and information security to deliver compliance; enhanced risk management; and greater optimization of storage resources.

Assurency Business Services are the first collaborative set of compliance assessment, risk assessment and business case analysis for the enterprise storage security market. Based on ISO 17799/BS 7799 and NIST standards, Kasten Chase's services deliver the world's leading best practices for information assurance.

The company also markets CipherShare, a secure collaboration and document management solution. CipherShare allows organisations to establish secure, virtual workspaces across network and organisational boundaries to enhance workgroup productivity.

Kasten Chase established its credentials within government and military departments through its high-assurance, remote access solutions. Certified by the United States National Security Agency and pre-approved by the Canadian Communications Security Establishment, the company's RASP Data Security portfolio protects some of the most sensitive information in the world. Kasten Chase is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario with offices in Ottawa, Ontario and Sterling, Virginia. Kasten Chase is a certified ISO 9001:2000 company.

Leslie Versweyveld

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