Wearable Technology faces Continuing Security Concerns

Security Considerations for Wearable Technology

Security Considerations for Wearable Technology

Wearable technology continues to be hot trend among consumers, with 20% of Americans owning at least one device. It’s part of the Internet of Things (IoT) explosion, which is expected to include 50 billion connected devices by 2020. While a connected world has opened doors to innovation, it’s also expanded the threats to our cyber security. Wearable devices pose several unique security challenges due to their size, portability, and massive collection of data.

Wearable Technology Security Issues

To keep your wearable technology safe from cyber threats, here are the three considerations any wearable user should remember:

1. For Hackers, Wearable Technology is More Valuable than a Credit Card

Due to the sheer size of personal and uniquely identifiable data collected and stored by many wearable devices, hackers have called data breeches more valuable than stealing a single credit card. Wearables often store health information, like blood pressure, heart rate, and temperature. Thanks to the rise in a wide variety of apps accessible by wearable devices, like the Apple watch, they also may store personal banking information, e-mails, and connections to company data.

2. The Workplace Makes Your Wearables Vulnerable to Attack

Most companies, especially those with sensitive data accessible to employees, have recognized the need for policies related to personal mobile devices. Workplaces are increasingly BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and these devices frequently go from work to home and everywhere in between. Many companies have not yet updated their policies to include specific instructions for employees on when and how to use wearable tech in a manner that protects the company.

3. There is a Real Risk of Signal Interception

Perhaps the most dangerous element of most wearables is the implication that such a small-easily lost or stolen-device is so closely tied and often mirrors a user’s mobile phone. Signal interception is a significant risk if a user’s wearable tech is connected to a phone with access to sensitive data via a company’s network. Even if the user doesn’t directly use the wearable for company-related tasks, the connection is often strong enough for a hacker to intercept the signal and access the network.

Using Remote Erase Feature for Wearable Technology

Be aware of the numerous security considerations for wearable devices. While there are several concerns, wearables also offer a myriad of benefits for both the personal and professional users. Cybersecurity professionals advise increased encryption of critical, sensitive data. Users should also consider wearable devices that offer a remote erase feature. If the device is lost or stolen, the owner can remotely delete data and disconnect the device from other potential sources for a breech.

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