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Cybersecurity solutions for BYOD trend in Healthcare Industry

By CIOReview | Monday, April 29, 2019

The healthcare IT environment has evolved over the years with the introduction of various emerging technologies. Technologies like the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) have grown significantly, which has made the healthcare IT environment more complex. The IoMT technology has helped in the emergence of bring your own devices (BYOD) trend, which has increased the number of endpoints for cybersecurity. Cybercriminals have started coordinating more dangerous and sophisticated attacks to steal a company’s data.

Healthcare industry has a massive amount of healthcare and personal data, and any meddling with the data can be catastrophic for any organization. The personal data that healthcare companies store makes them an ideal target for cybercriminals. The implementation of BYOD techniques enhances the cybersecurity risks for the healthcare industry. Although compliance regulations like the Health Insurance and Accountability Act (HIPAA) are in place, companies should be aware at all the times to eliminate any vulnerability in the system. 

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Here are some of the BYOD rules that can help companies to amplify their cybersecurity:

Establishment of acceptable use policy: Many employees in an organization are not aware of the devices that are prohibited for use. Companies should outline a list of devices that are allowed on their premises. Additionally, many employees use an outdated device that the cybercriminals use to enter into a company’s network. Healthcare companies should ensure that all the devices in the BYOD scheme are up to date with the latest security measures.

Accurate Network Inventory: The increasing dependence on virtualization and mobile computing has made automatic topology discovery as one of the topmost priorities for a healthcare company. Topology discovery is the process of mapping out all the network devices and links. Automatic topology discovery can monitor and identify any failures or bottlenecks in the system.

Unified endpoint management (UEM): Securing the endpoints can mitigate a major share of cybercrimes. A UEM solution will allow companies to adapt to new and innovative technologies with enhanced security.  

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