[FoRK] Hospital orders 100 iPads [2]

Lucas Gonze lucas.gonze at gmail.com
Thu May 6 11:56:51 PDT 2010

WRT strong passwords, the strength is in the amount of information.  A
bigger character set means a shorter password, not a stronger one.

On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 10:32 AM, Ken Meltsner <meltsner at alum.mit.edu> wrote:
> On Thu, May 6, 2010 at 11:56 AM, Christopher Herot <cherot at herot.com> wrote:
>> http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2010/04/26/weekly14-Health-care-provider
>> s-rely-on-mobile-computing.html
>> Some problems that are obvious in hindsight:
>> .        Most health-care systems require strong passwords - difficult to
>> type on virtual keyboards
> The requirement (HIPAA) is for strong authentication; you can get that
> in a variety of ways -- e.g. handwriting analysis, proximity sensor +
> active badge, etc.    Some sort of non-password authentication will
> turn out to be uniquely suited to iPads, i suspect.
> And existing systems are handicapped by users sharing passwords,
> disabling screensaver locks, etc.  Good security practices aren't
> entirely consistent with fast access to records, after all, so I don't
> think strong passwords and active password management (expiration
> every month, etc.) are that effective in most environments.
>> .        The strong disinfectants they need to use can make a mess of a lot
>> of consumer-grade devices
> Very true.  Lots of devices are bagged in the sterile equivalent of
> Zip-Loc bags so they don't have to be sterilized.  This may be an
> issue if it screws up touchscreen input.
>> .        Pirchasing cycles are really long, so some places may not use
>> tablets for several years
> Yes, but everyone will be bellying up to the trough to get the latest
> and greatest stuff.
> I think one key element is moving away from personalized devices --
> user-specific content stored on each device -- towards "grab one from
> the stack over there and sync it" but that's just opinion.  If you
> agree, Windows and other "real" computers tend to maintain too much
> state locally unless the folks configuring them set up repeatable
> provisioning and configuration tools.
> Ken Meltsner
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