BYOD and HIPAA Compliance

BYOD and HIPAA Compliance

We have all been hearing about BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies and the importance of a mobile device management system without any clear solution in sight. More importantly, there is a fine line between BYOD strategies and HIPAA compliance, where the potential risk of data breach significantly increases. 

Nevertheless, the benefits of BYOD practices far outweigh the disadvantages. For all the advantages it offers, stopping the practice of BYOD is not a wise decision. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has only ramped up the practice of BYOD in large numbers. More people have switched to work from home options to contain the virus and practice social distancing. Lending devices to each employee so that they can work from home is not a feasible option either. As a result, these employees had to use their personal devices, which they already have in their homes. Even though employees aren’t bringing their devices to the workplace, the practice of using personal devices still falls under the definition of BYOD.

Defining BYOD

BYOD is the abbreviation for “Bring Your Own Device.” It means employers allow their employees to use their personal devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, or laptops for official work purposes. The use of BYOD has grown steadily over the past few years. Starting from infrequent implementation, it gradually became the norm. However, there are a few implications too.

Read more: BYOD and HIPAA Compliance – A fine line between privacy and exposure

Published by Zubayer Rezoan


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