Hospitals Embracing BYOD in Large Numbers

Let’s face it; the business world is not what it used to be. Whereas in the past, employees were tethered to their desks and work was strictly done between the hours of 9:00am and 5:00pm, employees are doing a great deal of work outside the office using their own devices.

It’s no secret that the BYOD movement is here and growing. According to research from Citrix, this year organizations predict the percentage of BYOD desktops and laptops to grow from 18 percent to 25 percent.  This movement has also begun to engrain itself into the healthcare industry, as an increasing number of hospitals have embraced the BYOD lifestyle.

In fact, a recent survey of 130 hospitals revealed that 85 percent of them have begun to support employee use of personal devices. This enables hospital staff to roam more freely and interact more with patients. However, this BYOD freedom puts real pressure on network security and stresses the importance of proper network monitoring.

Without a proper network infrastructure to handle BYOD, hospitals can open themselves up to a plethora of issues, such as allowing outside malware into the hospital network and breaches of sensitive information. Because many hospitals also offer Internet service to patients, there is a good deal more traffic. Bryan Safrit, a senior network architect for Rex Healthcare, noted that, “Without the ability to differentiate users and enforce policies, our BYOD traffic could overwhelm our bandwidth.”

The solution to this is employing a proper network monitoring service. Companies like WildPackets offer such services, which help to not only patrol server use in real-time, but can help tell where possible vulnerabilities may be and how to address them.

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