Security Must Be Considered as Wearables Come to Market
Some of the most fantastical pieces of science fiction revolve around wearable technology—but not all these pieces project a happy world. Where wearable tech inspires innovation and convenience, it likewise inspires deceit and fraud. As leaders in the security industry, we remain constantly vigilant in developing solutions as we watch the industry’s rapid growth.
What Needs Protection?
Many wearables occupy a space in what’s commonly called the Internet of Things (IoT). The IoT refers to the ever-growing network of devices and gadgets that communicate over the web. You might be surprised at what this entails. You have your obvious examples: cell phones, laptops, desktops, and tablets. Then you’ve got your less obvious examples: watches, thermostats, security cameras, automobiles, and etc.
Where there’s web access, there is data—and there is a pathway to that data. Like so many other devices in the IoT, wearables collect Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and this is, principally, what needs protecting.
Where Are We?
The wearables industry is fast-paced.
Fitness trackers are an example of wearables that collect a large amount of personal information—some even collect health data that raises questions about the scope of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
Many tech companies have now designed virtual reality products worn over head. Many of these devices either connect directly to a smart phone or have much of the same functionality of a smart phone. The data on these is substantial: credit card information, email accounts, addresses, phone numbers, social media, and much more.
Some companies collect this data in a cloud, and those companies must provide secure avenues for consumers to access that information. Furthermore, data stored in its own databases should remain secure because the costs of breaches to data can have devastating consequences to organizations not prepared to prevent them.
What Security Measures Are Needed?
Encryption. Encryption. Encryption. While many wearables can and should employ software encryption, in some cases the proliferation of wearable devices incites the need for hardened security.
Take Near Field Communication (NFC) transactions as an example. As with payment data in a card transaction, data in NFC transactions must be secured from end-to-end—that is from payment terminal to financial institution and back again. Futurex’s Excrypt SSP Series devices continue to deliver on this front.
Even before these transactions take place, though, before the device is on the shelves, in fact, significant security steps must be taken. From inception, manufacturers must secure these devices. On this front, too, Futurex has played and will continue to play a vital role with its certificate authority solutions.
As the forerunner of the hardened encryption industry, Futurex is braced to toil with any data security threats. If shifts in the wearable technology field have implications for your business, contact a Futurex Solutions Architect today.