HHS Releases Mobile Device Security Checklist, Update on Ransomware Threat

The Department of Health and Human Services yesterday released a mobile device security checklist for the health care sector, and an update on the Black Basta ransomware group targeting the sector since last year.

Mobile devices are prevalent in the health sector, and due to their storage and processing of private health information (PHI) as well as other sensitive data, these devices can be a critical part of healthcare operations. As such, their data and functionality must be protected. The document represents a basic checklist of recommended items for health sector mobile devices to maintain security, including data in motion and at rest, as well as the capabilities of the device itself.