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Wearables At Work: 9 Security Steps Worth Taking

Wearables are finding their way into organizations, whether or not IT departments are prepared to deal with them. As the number of endpoints continues to grow, so does the potential for hacks. These nine pointers will help you prepare your organization to keep ahead of threats.
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Typical Design Flaws Apply 
Wearable device designs are not immune to design flaws. In the race to get to market with the coolest device security holes can be overlooked. The oversight can put a business and its employees at risk. 
'A lot of mistakes you can make when building a software system are not specific to the type of software you're building,' said Jacob West, founding member of the IEEE Center for Secure Design. 'As people become more mature about how they treat [the] data, and become more educated about the types of data collected, we'll see more adversarial attacks, which we're seeing for more traditional systems.' 
The prpl Foundation, a nonprofit open source foundation, has peer-reviewed guidelines designed to improve the security of embedded device designs. The guidelines include topics such as addressing fundamental controls for securing devices, using a Security by Separation approach, and enforcing secure development and testing. 
(Image: geralt via Pixabay)

Typical Design Flaws Apply

Wearable device designs are not immune to design flaws. In the race to get to market with the coolest device security holes can be overlooked. The oversight can put a business and its employees at risk.

"A lot of mistakes you can make when building a software system are not specific to the type of software you're building," said Jacob West, founding member of the IEEE Center for Secure Design. "As people become more mature about how they treat [the] data, and become more educated about the types of data collected, we'll see more adversarial attacks, which we're seeing for more traditional systems."

The prpl Foundation, a nonprofit open source foundation, has peer-reviewed guidelines designed to improve the security of embedded device designs. The guidelines include topics such as addressing fundamental controls for securing devices, using a Security by Separation approach, and enforcing secure development and testing.

(Image: geralt via Pixabay)

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