How Secure are Wearables, Anyway?

January 13, 2016 – In The News
Network World

Mark G. McCreary was featured in the NetworkWorld article “How Secure are Wearables, Anyway?” Full text can be found in the January 13, 2016, issue, but a synopsis is below.

As the age of technology continues toward the trend of wearable devices such as trackers and smart watches, it is important to understand the risks that they may pose on businesses if they are hacked.

"I'm going to be worried about things like Google Glass and cameras on smartwatches and anything that's either able to record audio or visual," said Mark McCreary, chief privacy officer and partner at Fox Rothschild LLP. "That's your primary concern as far as protecting your own data."

If sensitive information has the ability to be copied, there is a greater chance of the information falling into the wrong hands. Wearables cause a concern due to audio recording and visual features.

"It's about there being multiple copies. It's about not having control of the data," McCreary says.

McCreary says, it may be worth banning wearables that have the capability to record entirely in a workplace that deals with sensitive information, or not allowing them in areas where sensitive information is out in the open and being discussed.

This article was also featured in the Dell's, Tech Culture section.