HITRUST to Address Mobile Security

Will Identify Best Practices for Securing iPad, Other Devices
HITRUST to Address Mobile Security
The Health Information Trust Alliance is launching an effort to provide guidance on addressing privacy and security issues for mobile devices.

Protecting information on mobile devices has been in the spotlight in recent months because so many of the major health information breaches reported to federal authorities as a result of the HITECH Act breach notification rule have involved the loss or theft of mobile devices and media.

HITRUST, which offers the free Common Security Framework compliance guide, is seeking volunteers for its new working group on securing mobile devices. The group, which will hold its first meeting Feb. 3, 2011, will initially focus on the Apple iPad. The group will develop best practice guidance for the use of mobile devices, identify tools to support their use, and act as a voice for the industry for better collaboration with mobile device manufacturers and software developers, according to HITRUST.

Membership is open to any healthcare organization or relevant hardware or software vendor. To express interest, contact workgroup@hitrustalliance.net.

About the Author

Howard Anderson

Howard Anderson

Former News Editor, ISMG

Anderson was news editor of Information Security Media Group and founding editor of HealthcareInfoSecurity and DataBreachToday. He has more than 40 years of journalism experience, with a focus on healthcare information technology issues. Before launching HealthcareInfoSecurity, he served as founding editor of Health Data Management magazine, where he worked for 17 years, and he served in leadership roles at several other healthcare magazines and newspapers.

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