Five Potential Security Concerns Related to Wearables

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Where Are My Keys?!

Would you share your house keys with your neighborhood? Probably not. The same mindset should apply to your data. When storing information in a public cloud, enterprise data is placed at risk since encryption keys are also in the hands of the cloud service providers and architects.

Solution:  Whether information is being stored via smartphones or wearables, organizations should be aware of the risks associated when using the public cloud. Enterprises should consider facilitating a private cloud on-premise storage solution that guarantees ownership of encryption keys for maximum protection and control over stored 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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