More Security Risks on the Horizon

By Joyce Deuley

HP just released a study that proved that 10 smartwatches on the market are all vulnerable to hacks. Each and every one of them. This isn't too surprising since the need for vamped up security is always a point in conversation somewhere in the IoT Universe, but I can't help but feel like we're stating the obvious—again.

Is HP capitalizing on the recent exploitation of the Chrysler Jeep hack from a couple weeks ago or have they had this study in mind all along? And, who could blame them for hopping on the band wagon if that is the case? Security by design and the need for multi-layered approaches to security are discussed in every sector, yet we still have devices that hit the market that are in desperate need of encryption or have malware already loaded and ready to go. HP's study not only discusses what kinds of vulnerabilities the devices had—such as insufficient user authentication/authorization, lack of transport encryption, insecure interfaces and more—but also suggestions on how to beef up the security of the devices in order to prevent hacks in the future.

As the world continues to adopt IoT technologies and further weave them into our daily lives, i.e., wearables—it is imperative that we find better ways to secure these devices and protect the businesses and consumers that are depending on them; otherwise, we'll just continue to be walking targets.