For IT in Healthcare, An Ounce of Protection is Worth a Pound of Cure [Trend Micro]

No matter what business you’re in, keeping confidential information from ending up in the wrong hands is critical. When you’re in the business of saving lives and improving health, that’s especially true when it comes to patient records.

In fact, with regulatory mandates like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and HITECH Act, hospitals now face significant penalties if they don’t implement strong and flexible data protection across their networks. That doesn’t just mean data protection on PCs in the hospital. It also means protection of portable data on potentially thousands of mobile endpoints, including tablets, smartphones and USB devices. Even one incident of data leakage can be disastrous – to the patient, and to the healthcare institution’s reputation.

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Mobile device management is easier with Symantec

Symantec Mobile Device Management

Gone are the days when everyone was armed with a company-issued Blackberry that could easily be managed through the Blackberry Enterprise Server. These days, consumerization of IT is a trend that’s saddling many companies with a variety of manageability issues. After all, IT just can’t have the breadth of knowledge required to manage it all – iPhones, Androids, PlayBooks and webOS devices.

It also carries the burden of supporting and enforcing user productivity. Mobile applications need to connect to the enterprise back-end and vice-versa. Mobile devices are becoming more and more sophisticated, providing greater corporate access and storing even more data. Add to that, many organizations are under PCI or HIPPA regulations, which may be extended to mobile devices, and it’s clear that a framework needs to be developed to address all these issues and safely allow communication between networks and devices.

Symantec’s Mobile Management does just that – addressing these concerns and enabling organizations to embrace mobile computing while enforcing governance, securing corporate data and gaining visibility and control over all mobile platforms. Administrators finally have the ability to centrally define and distribute security policies to devices over-the-air using the device’s native security technology instead of adding security technology to the device itself.

“Symantec’s mission is to secure people and information through identity, protection and context, and our broad approach to mobile security and management is a key extension of protection for all of our customers,” says Symantec’s Group President, Enterprise Products, Francis deSouza. “By providing mobile security and management for smart devices, we’re making it easier for enterprises to allow their employees to use their device of choice without putting corporate data at risk.”

There are four key areas where Symantec really shines:

  1. Device management allows application updates and patches to be performed without needing the device physically present. Management can also be integrated with help desk for user support as well as remote wipes.
  2. Device security prevents unauthorized usage of the device and features enforcement policies around password protection. It’s peace of mind so the device doesn’t fall prey to data loss.
  3. Content security uses application control to guard against malware and protect data from unauthorized usage.
  4. Identity and access provides access to the right resources from the right devices with the right postures through authentication and authorization for access to enterprise applications and resources.

Does your organization need a mobile device management solution?

Mobile devices offer exciting new possibilities in the office, on the road or anywhere people are getting their jobs done. Our team of security experts are always here to help you.