Wireless Rx - Risk assessment and recommendations for securing a wireless network in a medical practice
Faculty of Computing, Health and Science
School of Computer and Information Science / Centre for Security Research
Despite the risks associated with their use, medical practitioners are using wireless devices to store and access medical information. There are a number of risks associated with this use, including denial of service, eavesdropping and social engineering. The consequences of these vulnerabilities are that availability and confidentiality can be compromised. This paper presents a brief summary of the dangers and challenges faced by Wireless users, culminating in a risk assessment for a small medical practice. Recommendations are provided in terms of wireless configuration and settings to mitigate the risk of using wireless in a medical environment. Ultimately, medical users of such wireless networks need to consider whether the benefits outweigh the risks.