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November 11, 2013 09:24 ET

Experts Discuss How to Bring Your Own Device Effectively and Securely

Online Tech's Nov. 12 Webinar 'Is BYOD Right for Your Organization' Offers Legal and Technical Guidance to Securely Implement an Effective Strategy

ANN ARBOR, MI--(Marketwired - November 11, 2013) - Employees expect to be able to use their personal phones, tablets and laptops at work. The ubiquity of these mobile devices has forced organizations to implement "Bring Your Own Device" (BYOD) security policies to ensure network security is not compromised.

Or should they be implementing such a policy?

In the healthcare industry, for example, an ongoing debate exists between banning BYOD implementation because of the protected health information security risks it creates versus the workflow, communication and patient care benefits that successful implementation can provide. Similar conversations are being held in the financial, information technology and other sectors.

Online Tech, an industry leader in secure compliant enterprise-class hosting services, will tackle that subject in the next installment of its free educational webinar series. To Be BYOD or Not to Be BYOD: Is a 'Bring Your Own Device' Policy Right for Your Organization? will be presented at 2 p.m. EST on Tuesday, Nov. 12. (Register here.)

The webinar will be co-hosted by Tampa, Fla.-based attorney Tatiana Melnik and Online Tech Senior Product Architect Steve Aiello. Melnik will provide an overview of the legal and regulatory framework for mobile devices and will discuss drafting a BYOD policy. Aiello will provide best technical practices for secure implementation and enforcement.

Melnik, who concentrates her practice on IT, data privacy and security, and regulatory compliance, has led a number of BYOD presentations, notably at the Michigan HIMSS Conference and the SecureWorld Expo in Detroit. She says adding Aiello's expertise to the Online Tech webinar takes the messaging to a new level.

"My past presentations have been basically from a legal standpoint. Steve brings a completely different view to the presentation," Melnik says. "We'll have significantly more insight into the technical problems of BYOD versus just the legal pitfalls and legal complications. If you are concerned about legal regulations, you also want to know the technology you can use to minimize those legal pitfalls, to minimize the risks and liabilities.

"The discussions I've seen always lack that piece. Our goal is to give people practical solutions they can apply when they get off the call."

Aiello's certifications include CISSP (Certified Information System Security Professional), ISACA CISA, VMware VCP (VMware Certified Professional), Cisco CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate), Comptia Security+, and Certified Incident Responder.

BYOD policies are particularly a hot topic in the healthcare field, where doctors are remotely accessing electronic health records through iPads and smartphones, thereby improving their workflow and patient care. Patients are similarly using mobile technologies to access and monitor their health on the go. That secure data must be protected according to HIPAA regulations.

But Melnik says while healthcare is the first field to come to mind when discussing BYOD, because of the enforcement bodies looking at the issue, the topic is important in most industries.

"This talk is really applicable to any company that wants to have employees use their own mobile devices," Melnik said. "That's really where the trouble arises. And the same problems are consistent across all industries."

Click here to register for the event.

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