fbpx
253.777.0763    Get SUPPORT

Graemouse Technologies Blog

Are Smartwatches Smart Enough?

Are Smartwatches Smart Enough?

Smartwatches might be great tools for keeping yourself connected to important information, but they bring with them a considerable amount of security threats. Vulnerabilities can make using smartwatches and other wearable technology dangerous. We’ll examine some of the major features of the modern smartwatch, how hackers can use them to cause trouble, and what you can do about it.

The Smartwatch
The smartwatch market as we know it today has existed for almost a decade, surprisingly enough, but the first smartwatch was developed in the late ‘90s. A smartwatch is seen today as more of a peripheral for a smartphone. They come in several different shapes, sizes, and styles, but they all tend to provide some kind of utility to the user. Here are some of the main benefits of using a smartwatch:

  • Convenience: You can’t beat the convenience of checking your watch and getting access to all kinds of information, like notifications, calendar events, and so much more. Modern smartwatches also give users the ability to search for information, and the processing power of these devices gives smartwatch users the ability to perform several actions that a smartphone can accomplish.
  • Functionality: The latest smartwatches have several features that give users lots of functionality. They can integrate with applications and take advantage of other practical functions, making them as useful as you want them to be. In this way, smartwatch manufacturers continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible with wearable technologies.
  • Discretion: Discretion is probably the most important part of using a smartwatch, as it’s much easier and more discreet to use it than pulling out a smartphone. Most smartphones have the capability to push notifications to your smartwatch, including those from social networks, messages, weather, and so on. More than anything else, it at least keeps you from being rude and checking your smartphone in the middle of a conversation.

Security Issues
The primary issue that comes from wearable technology is that it connects to your mobile device through a Bluetooth connection. Since they also connection to Wi-Fi networks, they are being exposed to two potential ways of being breached. Businesses that prioritize security (read: all businesses should prioritize security) need to be particularly wary of wearables, especially in regard to a Bring Your Own Device policy.

The modern hacker will use any opportunity they can find to hack into a device, and since wearables are particularly vulnerable to this due to the modes of connection they contain, they provide additional access points that create issues for businesses. If a hacker can gain access through an application at the wearable level, it could potentially compromise even the connected device and any network it’s attached to.

Industry experts might agree that the lack of wearable security isn’t a major concern overall, but it’s still something that you should be addressing with your business’ mobile device policy. Here are some ideas to think about:

  • If you are accidentally collecting electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI), you could be putting your organization at risk of breaching healthcare standards set by HIPAA. You should limit your employee’s fitness and wellness data collection on company-owned wearables and devices whenever possible.
  • Be wary of what can happen if you fail to educate your employees about the importance of protecting wearables. Be sure to remind them that they aren’t just putting business data at risk, but also their own individual data. It’s imperative that your employees understand how to best protect these devices.
  • Focus on the management of these devices, as there are no proper anti-malware solutions for IoT devices.

For assistance with planning out a wearable strategy for use with your Bring Your Own Device policy, be sure to reach out to us at 253.777.0763.

Top Cybersecurity Threats Right Now
Tip of the Week: Prepare for These Disaster Recove...
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Guest
Monday, April 22 2019

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!

QR-Code dieser Seite

Tag Cloud

Internet of Things Electronic Medical Records Cryptomining Botnet Data loss Workers Artificial Intelligence VPN Microchip Mobile Devices Ransomware Mobile Device Managed Service Provider File Sharing Google Docs Camera Operating System Social Engineering Business Management Website Quick Tips Amazon Web Services Windows Server 2008 Spam Blocking Telephone Systems Infrastructure Malware Access Control Hosted Solutions Settings Mobility Screen Mirroring Health Net Neutrality Machine Learning Holiday Software as a Service Tip of the Week Microsoft Office Data Storage Mobile Device Management Smartphone Supercomputer IT Management Cloud Data Recovery Education Data Protection BYOD Managed IT Services Business Communication Social Media Identity Theft Workplace Tips Google Hackers Software BDR Samsung Human Resources Encryption Saving Money Tech Term Audit Public Cloud Managed IT Services Business Computing Government Money Online Shopping VoIP Trending Wi-Fi Smart Tech Router Automation Backup Computers Hardware Cryptocurrency Upgrade Telephone System Small Business Two-factor Authentication Virtual Assistant Remote Work Data Breach Best Practices Telephony Leadership Email Server Downtime Fraud Cybersecurity Virtualization WiFi Office 365 Privacy Recycling Display Digital Signature Alert CES Microsoft Vulnerability Content Management Data Backup Practices Managed IT Password Management Android Nanotechnology Data Productivity OneNote Collaboration Office Networking Technology Unsupported Software Outsourced IT Spam Network Cloud Computing Security How To Smartphones Disaster Recovery Servers Password Save Money Windows 10 Law Enforcement Business Continuity Scam Information Chrome ISP Update Training Hiring/Firing IT Services Private Cloud Network Security Remote Worker Connectivity Sports Data Security Smartwatch Efficiency Cortana Computer NIST IT Plan Windows 7 Augmented Reality App User Tips Comparison Passwords IT Support Business Intelligence Bring Your Own Device Meetings Keyboard Bandwidth Voice over Internet Protocol Redundancy Blockchain Shortcuts Gadgets Skype Apps Communications Paperless Office Addiction Browser eWaste Staff Applications Remote Monitoring Facebook Twitter Word Innovation Cybercrime Internet Avoiding Downtime HBO Windows 10 Smart Office Company Culture Miscellaneous Employer-Employee Relationship Phishing Google Drive Managed Service Windows

Newsletter Sign Up