Utilizing the Cloud for BYOD Security in Healthcare

By CIOReview | Thursday, August 16, 2018

With mobile technology quickly becoming a major part of healthcare’s daily operations, healthcare organizations need to be aware of how healthcare BYOD security impacts the network. Although adoption of BYOD has proven to be extremely beneficial for the healthcare industry, it also comes with grave security issues. The frequent usage of unmanaged devices and apps to access protected health information (PHI), cultivates this risk. Moreover, there is a huge security flaw in many BYOD implementations where organizations rely heavily on user-generated passwords. These passwords can be easily stolen as they don’t have the support of multi-factor authentication. Therefore, in seeking to implement a BYOD solution it is important to identify business objectives and benefits as well as taking into account security, audit, and data protection requirements.

To overcome the drawbacks related to passwords, security experts came up with biometrics. BYOD is aligned with biometric authentication in order to deliver secure authentication methods. However, concerns have been raised by IT professionals on this type of user authentication, particularly the Apple Face ID.

BYOD Security also utilizes the power of the cloud along with other health IT infrastructure tools. However, it doesn’t allow for the user’s personal data to get merged with work data wherein the merging of data was a crucial BYOD issue, a few years back.

SMS tokens, hardware tokens, Google authentication and third-party applications are the acceptable multi-factor authentication methods for BYOD.

Adapting to new and more advanced security measures seems to be the order of the day and BYOD needs to be aligned with this. However, organizations also need to be skeptical of innovative solutions, that haven’t yet been tested or found success in the healthcare arena.

Adoption of modern methods of security by organizations is the prerequisite of BYOD. With a focus on security, progressive enterprises are involved in total data protection, secure authentication, and the tools that best balance security and employee productivity.

A fine method of taking IT intrusion out of the personal data stored on BYOD devices is with the implementation of innovative BYOD security tools, which can even render IT tools with enhanced visibility and control over the mobile environment.

With the evolving BYOD phenomena, healthcare systems should customize their strategies to secure their data today and in the future.