SOURCE: AEP Networks

March 02, 2009 08:00 ET

Youth Justice Board Secures Unique, Confidential Communications Network for 30,000 Practitioners Across England and Wales Using AEP Net

Real-Time Youth Offender Data Available for Better Decision Making Across the Youth Justice Process

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UK--(Marketwire - March 2, 2009) - The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) has completed an 18-month project to wire up youth justice and provide a secure communications network between its 30,000 practitioners operating from more than 200 sites across England and Wales. The resulting network allows youth justice practitioners to share relevant data as and when required in order to make better informed decisions regarding action to be taken. The network sees secure crypto boxes (AEP Net) implemented at all locations, linked to a hub ensuring restricted level security for communications between connected individuals and organizations. It replaces a largely manual set of processes that relied heavily on fax transmissions and hand delivery of files.

Commenting on the new network, Mike Mackay, CIO of the YJB, says, "It's hard to achieve consistency when you are not dealing with real-time data. Eighteen months ago youth justice used a mix of fax and physical communications, which meant that risk data was not always available where it was needed. With the network operating, the correct information can be where it needs to be to make sure that decisions on young offenders are appropriate and timely. Now we have established a secure network with all the data flowing through our hub that connects to the Government Secure Intranet (GSi). We have also built a management information system that means that we can look at trends and national statistics in more detail. This is incredibly valuable to us today and moving forward."

The aim of the network is to assist in achieving the right decisions at every stage of the youth offender's journey through the system. The network sits outside the GSi network, but inter-operates with it, providing secure communications to all parties involved in youth justice. It provides much improved communications by linking existing applications and uses the internet to reduce implementation time scales and dramatically lower the cost of the project, while functionality and ROI are maximized. And, full visibility is available across the process.

Mackay concludes, "When you have 20 or 30 thousand unconnected practitioners in 200 organizations trying to share data on young people who offend and you don't have a massive budget to achieve it, then you need a radically new approach. And, our approach is a radical departure for a public program. We knew that the way forward was to move from using open information on individually secured networks to a system where secured information is communicated across multiple networks and the internet which already connects our many organizations. We wanted to exploit cryptographic technology and the internet to achieve a highly secure network that could be up and running quickly and keep cost down to a minimum without compromising security. AEP Networks is a central part of this system, delivering the security that we need to guarantee safe delivery of sensitive personal data."

About Youth Justice Board

1.  The Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (YJB) oversees the youth
    justice system in England and Wales. They work to prevent offending and
    reoffending by children and young people under the age of 18, and to
    ensure that custody for them is safe, secure, and addresses the causes
    of their offending behaviour.

2.  On behalf of the youth justice system, the YJB established an
    ICT-enabled business change programme, Wiring Up Youth Justice, in 2006
    to explore how complex information-sharing requirements across hundreds
    of organisations could best be achieved.

3.  2009/10 is the final year of the Wiring Up Youth Justice programme. A
    number of information-sharing products and services have been delivered
    which greatly improve the quality and security of information-sharing
    across youth justice. Please visit www.wiringupyouthjustice.info or
    call the programme communications office on 0207 654 3488 for further
    information.

About AEP Networks

AEP Networks offers secure communications and networking for government, enterprise and carriers. We work with systems integrators, managed service providers and the distribution channel to deliver integrated solutions incorporating our leading edge products:

--  Enhanced-grade secure voice and multi-service data platforms (based on
    the vadOS operating system) that support a wide range of communications
    protocols and network topologies
--  High assurance networking via IPSec-based VPN encryptors for site-to-
    site security and remote access
--  Secure remote access to networks and applications -- including virtual
    environments -- via application-layer security gateways and SSL VPNs
--  Hardware Security Modules (HSM) for cryptographic key management and
    storage.
    

Headquartered in Somerset, New Jersey, AEP Networks has key hub offices in the United Kingdom, Malaysia and Australia. For more information, visit www.aepnetworks.com.