IT Executives Reveal Significant Gaps in Mobile Device Security

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Data Breach reporting laws are being strengthened to protect user data and privacy. As of 22 February 2018, the Notifiable Data Breach (NDB) scheme is active in Australia as an amendment under the federal Privacy Act 1988. 

The NDB scheme introduces an obligation to notify individuals whose personal information is involved in a data breach that is likely to result in serious harm. This notification must include recommendations about the steps individuals should take in response to the breach. The Australian Information Commissioner (Commissioner) must also be notified of eligible data breaches. You can check whether you must comply with the NDB scheme here.

These recent changes in law and the implications for management and reputation risk are sharpening IT attitudes to mobile devices and personal data security. A recent survey highlights the balancing act facing IT of improving user satisfaction and managing risk.


Security Concerns 

Increase in Patient Satisfaction Directly Tied to Mobile Device Use by Practitioners but Security Concerns Remain.

A global survey of health system IT executives revealed that although mobile devices are driving patient satisfaction, only 78% have an MDM (mobile device management) program in place and one-third of those aren’t confident in their solution.

The survey, which was conducted by Vanson Bourne, an independent agency, and commissioned by Jamf, a Minneapolis-based developer of MDM platforms for Apple devices, consisted of 600 healthcare IT decision makers from private and public healthcare organisations in the US, UK, Germany, France and the Netherlands.


Data Privacy and Security Challenges

Mobile devices are becoming commonplace within healthcare organisations with 90% of respondents indicating that have either launched a mobile device initiative or plan to do so soon. But, data privacy (54%), security/compliance (51%) and/or regularly patching software (40%) are the cited challenges facing healthcare organisations.

These concerns are justified. According to Verizon’s inaugural Mobile Security Index 2018, which surveyed about 600 US and UK-based mobility professionals, 35% of healthcare organisations suffered data loss or downtime due to a mobile device security incident.


Enterprise Mobile Security Solution

As security breaches grow, it’s vital for healthcare organisations to have a complete enterprise mobile security solution that meets compliance standards, addresses privacy concerns and can be easily maintained in a BYOD environment.

imei has close to 20 years’ experience in securing mobile data using best-in-class technologies. Come and visit us at this year’s Victorian Healthcare Week Expo 20-21 August 2018 to find out more or call or email us now on 1300 65 77 99.

This post with thanks to Zimperium.

Topics: Security