Wearable Computing Equals New Security Risks
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User Rank: Strategist
1/16/2014 | 12:46:37 PM
Security and wearable tech
The feds were so concerned about the pacemaker for Dick Cheney, they had to encrypt it with their own encryption. Security for devices in the new world of "internet of things" (IeT) is not completely worked out and the devices are ready to explode onto the market. Quite concerning. For more on wearable tech, check:
User Rank: Ninja
1/15/2014 | 4:07:39 PM
Re: Building security in
Skimming data out of apps on wearables is certainly going to be a challenge. My more immediate concern, though, would be about data that is seen by someone wearing a Google Glass type of product. Right now, there are businesses I visit where I have surrender my phone because it has a camera. What happens when computing is seamlessly built into my glasses? My glasses save everything I see. That's a security nightmare.
User Rank: Author
1/13/2014 | 6:46:59 PM
Building security in
To  your point: "One lesson might be to develop apps from the ground up with security in mind."  That's the right approach but one imagines the race to market a winning product, and/or find the killer app, will likely mean that, as with most emerging technologies, security inevitably gets a seat at the rear of the bus, if at all.

Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
1/13/2014 | 5:42:44 PM
A common OS?
With so many devices coming, it seems wearables are destined to be fragmented. How would this "common operating system" for wearables manifest itself? Can we possibly expect all of them to run Android?
User Rank: Author
1/13/2014 | 3:33:29 PM
Wearables security
The fragmentation point is important. Look at the Android phone upgrade situation today. Will wearables be any less messy?
IW Pick
User Rank: Ninja
1/13/2014 | 12:38:53 PM
More of the same
There might be more security risks with wearables, but it's the same sort of ones we have already. Snooping data between devices or from them will open up new concerns - how about robbing people when they've just finished a workout and can't chase you? - but ultimately as long as we focus on making sure that data isn't freely given to every app, regardless of its own security, we'll be a lot better off. 

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