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5 hurdles to cross to ensure adoption of wearables

Posted: 07 Apr 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Mordor Intelligence? wearable? smartphone? Internet of All Things? OEM?

Wearables are set to become a vital part of the Internet of All Things, according to market research firm Mordor Intelligence. In fact, sales are predicted to more than double from $2.8 billion in 2014 to $8.3 billion in 2019.

However, before a large percentage of the world population begins to interact with wearables, designers and their supply chain partners have a few things to work out before wearables can begin to play a major role in mainstream electronics.

Convincing consumers their data is safe

The data wearables will transfer will invariably be personal and very private. But while intercepting data transmitted from individual devices could represent a target for some black hat hackers, a database containing millions of personal and healthcare-related records uploaded from wearable devices will represent a potential goldmine for data thieves.

Convincing consumers their data is safe

"Someone could always try to intercept data from individual wearables," said Amichai Shulman, CTO for security firm Imperva. "Instead, attackers have a real incentive to access the data aggregation point associated with wearables from many users."

Device makers and third parties that receive and store the data will need to convince consumers that their information will remain both reasonably private and safe before many consumers will adopt the technology. To do that, chipmakers will need to design devices that can accommodate encryption software, while wearable suppliers will have to prove to consumers that the storage of their data is reasonably safe from data thieves, Shulman said.

OEMs will need to ensure that the storage of the enormous pools of data that wearables will upload meet regulatory compliance requirements.

"A pre-emptive approach must be taken to make sure that regulations and mandates for data storage are adhered to before wearables become more popular," Shulman said. "In two to three years, hackers will have more incentives to attack wearable databases. If you start applying the regulations today, then most of the devices can already be locked down when they become more popular in the future."

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