Mustaca agreed, adding that recognizing the dangers is paramount and includes dealing with risks, such as lost or stolen devices, and installing antivirus solutions on all devices (including the gateway). Other considerations or recommended best practices for mobile devices and their users include:
- Keeping your mobile operating systems up to date.
- Only downloading apps from the official app store. Third-party app stores are more likely to have malware.
- Not connecting to free Wi-Fi networks, and if you must, avoiding sensitive business tasks.
Learn from healthcare mobile device security infrastructure
In terms of infrastructure considerations, mobile device management (MDM) is essential. Mustaca insists on the use of encryption on all network connections and storage, even if open networks make admin tasks easier. He also stated that, for hospital Wi-Fi networks, IT administrators should have a multi-stage process for authorization and authentication rather than a single-stage solution.
“Set up passwords for the devices, so that not just anybody can access them,” advised Mustaca. “After the device is secured, create accounts for each user who needs to access data from the back end. This way, even if a disgruntled employee tries to steal a device and access the data, you can still block access to sensitive data.”
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