Open letter: Smartwatch security

Simon Clayton, chief ideas officer, RefTech writes a letter to the industry warning of the data security issues with smart watches. Wearable devices are the latest hot topic in the tech world, but while some are discussing their value, a recent study has found some shocking security problems. According to Hewlett-Packard, most of the popular smartwatches currently on the market have ‘poor’ security features. It seems that once again, the march of progress is at the expense of due diligence. We’ve seen repeatedly instances where security is compromised and data released to the world when it should have been safe. Now with wearables added to the danger list, we need to monitor the events industry’s use of this technology to highlight awareness about potential security issues. The use of smartwatches by event organisers has started to become more explored by various players, but the HP study should throw a spanner in the works. I find it quite scary to think all of the ten best selling smart watches were found to have at least one area of concern from a security perspective (we’ll ignore the usability aspect!). In short, there were problems with lock protocols and unencrypted data transmission meaning data could be stolen or intercepted. Event organisers wanting to utilise latest technology need to make sure their data is protected. They may want to have insight into their events in real-time but there are a variety of ways to achieve that. As for smartwatches, it’s time that security wasn’t an afterthought. Any comments? Email exhibitionnews@mashmedia.net
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