Wearable devices have provided a tremendous opportunity for business organizations to keep the employees connected to work and improve their efficiency. The use of smart glasses, watches, headgear etc. facilitate better data collection and better customer service abilities. However, just like every other technology, security risks are bound to come along. The extensive functionality served by these devices can sometimes magnify the threat surface, thereby introducing many new ways in which data can be compromised.
Here are some of the common security risks posed by wearable devices:
Lack Of Data Encryption
Wearable devices do not use encryption protocols to store the information securely. There is no sophisticated PIN or password required to gain access to the data. They also do not have any biometric or other authentication methods to validate the identity of the users. As a result, there is a serious risk of data theft if the device is lost or stolen.
Difficulty In Patch Management
Most wearable devices function on a completely different operating system and run several third party applications. Hence, frequent software updates and patches are not readily available for these devices. This makes them an easy target for the hackers to carry out malicious attacks in order to exploit the vulnerabilities and intercept information shared through the wireless networks.
Insecure Wireless Connectivity
In order to function efficiently, wearable devices need to be connected to your mobile device through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or Near Field Communication (NFC) technologies. However, when you keep the connectivity options enabled, you may inadvertently allow hackers to download malware or malicious programs to your device. They may also launch a brute force attack to breach the password of your device’s wireless network.
Recording Sensitive Information Through Photos, Videos and Audio
Wearable devices come along with a very discreet ability to record the important information about your company in the form of audio, video and images. Smartwatches and smart glasses can easily be used to capture and transmit confidential data to the hackers, without leaving any trace. This type of data breach cannot be prevented by anti-malware, anti-spyware and any other form of security software.
We, at Centex Technologies, can help to improve the IT security of your business firm in Dallas, TX. For more information on protecting the wearable devices at your workplace, feel free to call us at (972) 375 – 9654.