Earlier today I ran across an article extolling the virtues of Apple’s position in the healthcare arena. For the uninitiated it seems pretty cool, Apple Watchs communicating with mIniPads, mAxiPads and Macs. No more stethoscopes dangling around the necks of docs and nurses, no, these have been replaced by the Apple watch or some other iDevice – sounds almost Utopian!
Well ‘back away from the Starbucks Skippy!’ While healthcare may be a huge untapped market, there is a reason to proceed with caution. You see, in spite of the recent Equifax hack, hackers have been shifting their focus from traditional sites to health care. There are numerous reasons for this shift- healthcare data has no watchdog group like the Credit Reporting Agencies. In addition if credit card or other financial information is out in the ‘dark web’ you can freeze your accounts and cancel old cards. There is no parallel in the healthcare model. You can’t cancel your medical history or medications. Now, bad actors can sell this info for people to use not having to worry about it being shut down.
Combine this with Apple’s propensity of being hacked on a regular basis due to their lax security – I would really expect hospitals, insurance companies, healthcare networks to think twice about their Enterprise provider as these hacks will open them up to legal damages. Is it worth it?
The solution? A BlackBerry Enterprise server is totally secure no matter what platform it supports – iOS, Android, or BlackBerry. This is not some far fetched concept or tool – simply look no farther than NantHealth for an example. BlackBerry Enterprise provides a solution (UEM) that can be scaled to fit any need or platform.
When it comes down to secure Enterprise services this is just one more reason that responsible CSOs and CIOs should say-