Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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.


Andrew Jaquith said...

John, great post. I wrote up a post of my own that uses your comments as a source of inspiration. "Health Care: Plan for 6-Figure Mobile Security Expenses, but Save Much More"

Anonymous said...

Here is another security woe that is storming on the internet. Apparently companies are spying on smart phones.