With all this sensitive data on wearable devices, designers need to think about security before they build these things, rather than after. This means having expert involvement early on. However, making the device more secure when they have tiny screens and minimal user interfaces is a tough job. What's the point of getting alerts on your wrist if you can't see them until you tap in the right password on the tiny watch face?
When it comes to security, wearable technology is not all bad news. As well as risks, they present a number of new opportunities too. If I can count on users having small, smart, personal devices with them at all times then I can use that as part of the way that I can identify the user. For example, we have already built demonstrations using FitBit wristbands and Pebble watches to allow for easier log-in to protected data on your phone or tablet - and we can automatically lock the data again if you walk away from your device (or leave it in the back of the taxi).
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What about for businesses? We are already thinking about what wearable devices will mean for companies and what the appropriate controls would be. If you keep your enterprise data in separate, encrypted containers on your phone or tablet then it is possible to control where it goes next. That can mean controlling the flow of alerts to smart devices as well as controlling the flow of data between apps. Fine-grain policy controls will let you trade off the risks and rewards of using these new devices.
Just like the first wave of BYOD, BYOW is coming into the enterprise – and it's coming sooner than you think.
Nicko van Someren is Chief Technology Officer at Good Technology