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The whitepaper details how BYOD is fueling the fire of endpoint device risk in healthcare and five steps you can take to tighten up your endpoint device security. 

Reston, VA, March 29, 2018SyncDog, Inc., the leading ISV for mobile application and data security, today announced they are releasing guidelines for BYOD in the healthcare industry in a whitepaper titled, “BYOD Data Security Threat in Healthcare – 5 Things to Reduce Data Risk.” (You can download the whitepaper here.)

With mobile devices becoming ubiquitous in healthcare, healthcare systems demand mobility, and physicians must move – often rapidly – from intensive care units to emergency rooms to outpatient facilities, all while maintaining access to a wide variety of technologies at the point of care. What’s more, these hospital workers are using personal devices to access these healthcare IT or HIT systems.

“SyncDog just returned from HIMSS 2018 and one of the biggest concerns on everyone’s mind was how to welcome BYOD into the healthcare industry, while also safeguarding against the cybersecurity risks inherent with allowing doctors and hospital staff to access sensitive patient data on their personal devices,” said Jonas Gyllensvaan, founder and CEO of SyncDog. “Our industry is witnessing the evolution of HIT security policies as we hear more about cyber-attacks that are attributable to BYOD.”

SyncDog’s answer to enhancing mobile device security in HIT is their containerized product, SecureSystems™. SecureSystems™ installs in minutes and protects data on the device and data in transit in a NIST-certified containerized workspace.

Hospitals are citing two reasons for BYOD’s attractive approach to employee mobility: 1) employees are already bringing in their own devices to work and implementing a BYOD policy would be convenient and natural, and 2) hospitals will enjoy cost-savings by not having to invest in purchasing additional hardware for employees, all while improving worker productivity.

While convenient and cost-effective, IT professionals are worried about the impact BYOD will have on the security of sensitive patient data. The 2017 Ponemon/IBM Cost of Data Breach Survey[1] reports that lost or stolen devices and extensive use of mobile platforms negatively contribute to the per cost of data breach. The average cost of data breach reported by the survey was $141 in 2017. When lost/stolen devices were involved, that cost rises to more than $148. Extensive use of mobile platforms adds nearly $9 to the average cost. In the healthcare segment, the average cost of data breach is a staggering $380 per record, 2.7 times the overall average for all segments.

Mobile device security is especially prudent in the healthcare industry. Healthcare data is rich, and often contains more information than just health history; data like date of birth, insurance policy number, billing and account numbers, social security numbers, credit card numbers and other sensitive information are present in healthcare records. According to Reuters, medical information now commands 10 times the black-market value of a complete credit card number. Healthcare data is the data cyber-criminals want to sell on the black market.

SyncDog Whitepaper: 5 Things to Reduce BYOD Risk in Healthcare

SyncDog has issued guidelines in an informative, thought-leading whitepaper to address this concern from IT security professionals.

  1. Ensure end-point devices are included in your compliance initiatives.
  2. Implement containerization with military-grade encryption for data at rest on the device and data in transit to/from your network.
  3. Correlate your mobile event log data alongside your other IT asset log data for the true picture of user activity across your network.
  4. Have a BYOD policy to stand by and educate your employees on the dangers of BYOD.
  5. EMM and Mobile Device Management aren’t security systems, and you need to fortify your EMM/MDM BYOD policies.

To read SyncDog’s full explanation of these guidelines and research on BYOD in healthcare you can download the whitepaper, “BYOD Data Security Threat in Healthcare – 5 Things to Reduce Data Risk” here.

The Secure.Systems™ Containerized for BYOD Workspace

The Secure.Systems™ containerized workspace provides a secure application platform that encrypts and transports data between the enterprise and secure, “sandboxed” applications running on employees’ mobile devices. The workspace delivers a highly functional and easy app experience for users and protects client enterprise networks with a secure, partitioned FIPS 140-2 certified* container on both iOS and Android devices. Secure.Systems™ secures data both on the device and in transit using AES 256-bit encryption. A full suite of mobile-enabled productivity applications is available in the defense-grade container, including SharePoint, Skype for Business, Enterprise Chat, Geo-location Services, DropBox, a Personal Information Management (PIM) suite, Office Suite, Office 365, File Sync, and Secure Mobile App Management & Development functions. Secure.Systems™ can be deployed via on-premise or through cloud-based managed service as well as hybrid. For more information about Secure.Systems™ deployment via managed service or for a free trial of the product please visit https://secure.systems.

About SyncDog, Inc.

SyncDog is the leading ISV for building mobile frameworks that extend app functionality to devices while securing corporate and Government networks from mobile-endpoint threats. SyncDog’s flagship solution, Secure.Systems™, delivers a rich and unimpeded mobile experience for employees working remotely and supports a multitude of enterprise productivity apps within a NIST-certified (FIPS 140-2 cert. #2687), workspace. Secure.Systems™ is ideal for organizations that want to deliver a rich mobile app experience across BYOD, CYOD (choose your own device), or other endpoint device policy. Secure.Systems™ is a natural complement to security and compliance auditing initiatives to satisfy the mandates of HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS, GLBA, FISMA, and other laws/standards for data security.

Secure.Systems™ can be deployed as managed service from https://secure.systems or as an on-premise solution. Additionally, Secure.Systems™ can be found on the Microsoft Azure and MobileIron marketplace exchanges, as well as on the App Store (iOS) and Google Play Store (Android).

For more information about SyncDog, please visit https://www.syncdog.com.

*NIST Certificate #2687


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[1] https://www.ibm.com/security/data-breach