Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer and Information Technology

First Advisor

James E. Dietz

Committee Chair

James E. Dietz

Committee Member 1

Pamela Aaltonen

Committee Member 2

Eric Matson


Using computer simulation modeling, this research examined the problems contributing to data breaches within healthcare industry. The study attempted to answer two questions: 1) is the Bring Your Own Device policy becoming a liability risk within hospitals causing an increase in data breaches and 2) is there a lower risk compared to using wired desktops. An iPad was the primary focused device as one of many Bring Your Own Devices. The study used a randomly generated sample of an approximate 2,700 patients, one nurse and doctor on a eight hour work-day within the clinic (eight A.M five P.M) considering a one hour lunch break in between. The outcome of the study revealed that the Bring Your Own Policy has a lower risk than using wired desktops within hospitals.