Dell recommends that companies carefully align their bring-your-own-device (BYOD) program with data security and privacy regulations to avoid any pitfalls concerning compliance. While BYOD initiatives can be great for employees, they often pose a potential nightmare for employers as failure to comply with regulations can result in companies suffering financial penalties, litigation and damage to their reputation.
For example, to meet Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) standards, healthcare providers, insurers, employers, schools and other organizations must secure access to all patient healthcare and payment information. Likewise, compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS), merchants must protect cardholder information for credit, debit and other types of payment cards. Even in sectors with fewer regulations, organizations are under increasing pressure to protect private information.
For that reason, Dell advocates the following five best practices for protecting regulated data and employee privacy:
Best Practice No. 1: Identify, Confirm and Protect Regulated Data
Start by identifying all regulated data and then determining which data will be generated on, accessed from, stored on, or transmitted by BYO devices. Once regulated data has been identified, organizations can decide [Read more…]