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Mobile devices: 4 tips for protecting your hospital

Mobile devices make all of our lives easier, but the benefits they offer the hospital industry can come at a high price — security breaches and their related fines.

How can you be sure that all of the thumb drives, smartphones, external hard drives, tablets and laptops used in your facility are safe and secure?

It’s not easy, since these devices allow data to be moved and shared with such ease.

To help you out, ID Experts compiled a list of security tips from industry experts that’ll help keep your facility’s mobile devices and the data they carry secure.

  1. USB locks: Purchasing USB locks is a small price to pay for the added layer of security they provide. By installing them on devices that contain sensitive info, facilities can prevent unauthorized personnel from transferring data in any way, shape or form. Of course they can be removed when needed by authorized personnel.
  2. Brick lost or stolen mobile devices: Facilities need to have the ability to remote wipe an entire mobile device — rendering it as useful as a brick — rather than just the encrypted hospital information. Nowadays, since most people back their personal data up in cloud storage, bricking a device doesn’t mean employees lose personal data. And by doing this the personal and corporate data are both protected if the item is lost or stolen.
  3. Encrypt everything: While you may have a policy at your hospital that doesn’t allow employees to have sensitive information on their mobile devices, enforcing that policy is easier said than done.  That’s why every mobile device that’s used remotely should be encrypted, including all USB drives. The majority of data breaches happen due to human error — a mobile phone is lost, a computer is stolen out of a car — not cybercrime.
  4. Assess what’s missing: If you don’t want your employees to use their personal devices for work, then find out what your hospital’s system is missing. Ask yourself what benefits your employees are getting from their personal devices. If it’s something the facility can afford to get or do, great. If not, do a risk assessment to identify the safeguards you should have in place for inappropriate use of personal devices.

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