Five Potential Security Concerns Related to Wearables

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A major concern for individuals is the sale of sensitive information tracked by wearable devices. Such data is highly sought after by third-party advertisers and marketers. Additionally, data transfers between parties have the potential to be intercepted by hackers.

Solution: IT departments need to keep security top of mind. IT app developers have the option to build their apps from the ground up with a strong focus on security using robust data encryption to prevent hackers from accessing data.

Five Potential Security Concerns Related to Wearables

The use of wearable technology is on the rise, spurred by the recent launch of the Apple Watch. Forward-thinking enterprises are looking to wearables as another opportunity for mobile technology to drive greater efficiency, enhance communication and improve workflow. The launch of enterprise-focused wearable apps, such as Salesforce and Zoho, is pushing the adoption of WYOD (wear your own device) within enterprise organizations. In fact, research shows that more than 200 million wearables will be in use by 2018.

As these devices grow in popularity, so do concerns over security. In fact, according to a 2014 report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, 86 percent of respondents expressed concern for wearables increasing the risk of data security breaches. With enterprise-sensitive information now being transferred from wrist to wrist, businesses should prepare early and create security policies and procedures regarding the use of wearables within the enterprise.

In this slideshow, Accellion describes five potential security threats that enterprises need to consider and address related to WYOD.

 

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