For healthcare companies looking to keep their networks safe, it may be time to have a bring your own device policy discussion. A recent Coalfire survey showed that 49 percent of responding companies have not discussed security issues on their mobile devices, and 51 percent said they have no way to remotely wipe data if a device is lost or stolen. Government Health IT said much of this may violate U.S. government guidelines for protecting sensitive information.

“The BYOD trend is not slowing down, and while it has many benefits, it’s also introducing a number of new security risks that may be foreign to many companies," Rick Dakin, CEO and chief security strategist for Coalfire, said in a release. “The results of this survey demonstrate that companies must do much more to protect their critical infrastructure as employees work from their own mobile devices, such as tablets and smartphones, in the workplace. Companies need to have security and education policies in place that protect company data on personal devices.”

Dakin said that avoiding BYOD is just a way of avoiding paying attention to already-existing risks, and companies need to realize the inevitability of increase mobile device usage.

Employees need to be educated about a bring your own device policy as well, as the Coalfire survey said 36 percent of individual respondents reuse the same password multiple times, 47 percent have no password for their device at all and 84 percent said they use the same smartphone for work and for their personal life.