BYOD is becoming increasingly popular for organizations everywhere. Even though BYOD can provide so many benefits, many healthcare organizations are still leery about implementing BYOD on their hospital wireless network. There are added risks for hospitals with BYOD, because of the pluthera of sensitive data. There are ways to help hospitals to combat these vulnerabilities. Here are 5 tips for implementing BYOD on hospital wireless networks.
1. Plan for multiple technologies
With mobile device technology constantly evolving at such a constant pace, it’s important for hospitals to monitor what operating systems their employees are using to make sure your plan implements them and check what updates and new tools are available to mitigate risks. If you don’t allow the device, chances are it will end up on your network anyways. When implementing your BYOD plan you need to consider these issues to maintain security of sensitive data and protect your hospital wireless network.
2. Enforce mobile device security
Believe it or not a large number of mobile device users do not use standard security settings such as passwords, firewalls, and anti-virus programs on their mobile devices. Particularly for hospital employees, it is crucial to ensure mobile device users are using standard security precautions such as those listed above, encryption, and remote wipe depending on the type of information employees will be accessing.
3. Lost or stolen mobile devices
With the access of patient medical records and sensitive data in hospitals with BYOD, it is crucial that healthcare organizations are aware of and prepare for the threats of lost and stolen mobile devices. Hospitals should make sure employees are fully aware of what to do if their mobile device is lost or stolen especially if it had any sensitive information stored. A good plan for this would be remote device wipe, which can be added to your hospitals BYOD policy.
4. BYOD policy compliance
You must have a clear and detailed policy for employees to read and sign to help employees understand and comply with rules and procedures associated with BYOD. To meet full compliance you might also want to consider an employee training program and extra technical support. Employees need to understand the purpose of the procedures and necessity of security applications.
5. Continuously monitor and reassess BYOD
As stated previously, mobile device technology is constantly evolving and the pace will only continue to accelerate, so it’s important companies don’t just set the rules, security standards, and procedures once and be done. The BYOD policy and security precautions should be updated as technology changes. It is important to monitor technology and keep up with the emerging threats to mitigate risks.