Smart Wearables & Security Failings
Last week, it was reported by Forbes that a Google Glass developer successfully bypassed the security mechanisms put in place by Google, by exploiting a well-known vulnerability in Android 4.0.4, the version of the operating system that ships with the device. This means that any attacker could easily gain access to the smart glass device and other vital information– a key issue pointed out by Juniper Research previously (please see here). There is the potential that with a device such as smart glasses, a single security breach could provide hackers with access to live information including photos and videos; even leading to identity theft issues and so on. The availability of content and data on wearable devices could lead to security concerns amongst consumers: this fear in itself acts as an inhibitor to service adoption. Also, the introduction of healthcare wearable devices and applications will require secure transmission and storage of sensitive personal data, and social and personal data is often compromised by content sharing third party applications. Players including Google and others who are looking to launch a next-gen wearable device will find considerable barriers (not just security) within this sector compared to smartphones or tablets. As smart wearables look all set to integrate technology into human life more seamlessly, it is critical that these key players also address the related issues and the hurdles that need to be overcome. In the meantime, we will keep you regularly updated on the wearables segment.