Friday, January 22, 2016
Smartwatch security threats: The sky isn’t really falling
Security firms Kaspersky and Wisekey are worried about the amount of unprotected data shared between smartphones and wearables. Which leads me to ask, just how insecure is your smartwatch? I'm not going to dismiss these security vendors concerns off the bat, but I will throw a quick MRDA (Mandy Rice-Davies Applies) into the conversation. After all, this is the same industry that seems to think that anti-virus products on the desktop are still somehow valid. Let's agree that if wearables become a conduit for mobile payments, and smartwatch technology will allow that across most platforms soon enough, then obviously there's the potential for cyber-theft. Well, maybe. Most of the emphasis has to be on the word 'potential', which is very different to the word ‘likely’. Not that there aren't questions to ask when we think seriously about the smartwatch sector (something that’s hard to do when they all look like Christmas cracker toys).