More BYOD Worries

I’ve written about the increasing trend to Bring Your Own Devices (BYOD)  to work and the accountability it brings to the CIO.

Every day I receive articles highlighting the increasing risk of mobile devices on the network:

The explosion of Android malware

The hacking of Siri

The vulnerabilities of the iPad

It’s very clear that in 2012 and beyond we will have to move beyond policy-based controls and we’ll have to implement technology based controls that may cost up to $10 per device per month.   Given our 1000+ mobile devices, that could be a $150,000/year increased operating expense to protect consumer devices brought from home.

In many ways, 2012 at BIDMC will be the year of increased compliance and we’ve just named an interim Senior VP of Compliance to build an enterprise-wide compliance team.

CIOs – it’s time to tell your CFO to expect an unplanned 6 figure expense to protect your institutional data while at the same time embracing the mobile devices that will enhance productivity and user satisfaction.

John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chief Information Officer at Harvard Medical School, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, a full Professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Emergency Physician. He’s also the author of the popular Life as a Healthcare CIO blog.

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  1. Dr. Halamka,

    While not affiliated with them in any way, I would strongly recommend you, indeed anyone with these worries, look at the solutions offered by Mobile Active Defense (M@D).


    Peter J. Hillier, CD, CISSP, ISSPCS, ISO27001 Auditor
    MD Physician Services Inc. (A CMA Company)
    Ottawa, Canada