The purpose of this policy is to provide a minimum baseline standard for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices to the XXX network or XXX owned devices. The intent of the minimum standard is to ensure sufficient protection Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and confidential XXX data.
This policy applies to any Bluetooth enabled device that is connected to XXX network or owned devices.
Insecure Bluetooth connections can introduce a number of potential serious security issues. Hence, there is a need for a minimum standard for connecting Bluetooth enable devices.
No Bluetooth Device shall be deployed on XXX equipment that does not meet a minimum of Bluetooth v2.1 specifications without written authorization from the IT Team. Any Bluetooth equipment purchased prior to this policy must comply with all parts of this policy except the Bluetooth version specifications.
3.2 Pins and Pairing
When pairing your Bluetooth unit to your Bluetooth enabled equipment (i.e. phone, laptop, etc.), ensure that you are not in a public area where you PIN can be compromised. If your Bluetooth enabled equipment asks for you to enter your pin after you have initially paired it, you must refuse the pairing request and report it to IT, through your Help Desk, immediately.
3.3 Device Security Settings
- All Bluetooth devices shall employ ‘security mode 3’ which encrypts traffic in both directions, between your Bluetooth Device and its paired equipment.
- Use a minimum PIN length of 8. A longer PIN provides more security.
- Switch the Bluetooth device to use the hidden mode (non-discoverable)
- Only activate Bluetooth only when it is needed.
- Ensure device firmware is up-to-date.
3.4 Security Audits
The IT Team may perform random audits to ensure compliancy with this policy. In the process of performing such audits, IT Team members shall not eavesdrop on any phone conversation.
3.5 Unauthorized Use
The following is a list of unauthorized uses of XXX-owned Bluetooth devices:
- Eavesdropping, device ID spoofing, DoS attacks, or any form of attacking other Bluetooth enabled devices.
- Using XXX-owned Bluetooth equipment on non-XXX-owned Bluetooth enabled devices.
- Unauthorized modification of Bluetooth devices for any purpose.
3.6 User Responsibilities
- It is the Bluetooth user’s responsibility to comply with this policy.
- Bluetooth mode must be turned off when not in use.
- PII and/or XXX Confidential or Sensitive data must not be transmitted or stored on Bluetooth enabled devices.
- Bluetooth users must only access XXX information systems using approved Bluetooth device hardware, software, solutions, and connections.
- Bluetooth device hardware, software, solutions, and connections that do not meet the standards of this policy shall not be authorized for deployment.
- Bluetooth users must act appropriately to protect information, network access, passwords, cryptographic keys, and Bluetooth equipment.
- Bluetooth users are required to report any misuse, loss, or theft of Bluetooth devices or systems immediately to IT.
4. Policy Compliance
4.1 Compliance Measurement
The IT Team will verify compliance to this policy through various methods, including but not limited to, periodic walk-thrus, video monitoring, business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner.
Any exception to the policy must be approved by the IT Team in advance.
An employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.