Virtual Reality – Are we thinking of Security?

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Virtual Reality and its security

Virtual Reality making it big in the market and every individual is keen to use it.  What we need to worry is its security? It is not a big target for hackers still now. Bulky prototype virtual reality devices were being tested in labs as early as 1960, but there were few, if any, computer hackers or even an internet to speak of back then. A bit later in the pre-internet 90s, Nintendo and Sega tried to bring virtual reality to the gaming masses by developing Virtual Reality platforms and games. However, Sega’s system never made it to market, and when Nintendo’s Virtual Boy launched, it flopped due to lack of consumer interest.

Although the adoption of the VR technology in the work place is on a slower side but some sectors like construction, retail and engineering are more active in adopting virtual reality to make their work more effective and efficient. “Future of IT” a report by Spicework shows that only 5% of the engineering and construction industry is using the virtual reality today in their workplace it is expected to grow to 27% within five years.

It is quite evident from the growth of Virtual Reality that it is the future where more organizations will adopt this to increase their productivity. What we might have to worry about in terms of security and privacy once more organizations starts adopting this.

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Security & Privacy Concern

Virtual Reality platforms can be an easy target for hackers. If you remember about the mirai malware that made millions of connected cameras part of a botnet. It can be the repeat attack on Virtual Reality devices it they are connected over IP. More over communication between Virtual Reality devices and servers might be sent without any encryption

We all know smartphones can surreptitiously collect information on where we’ve been and when, who we’re talking to, and what we’re interested in. In the future, if VR headsets become ubiquitous, everyday devices (perhaps like a slimmer Google Glass), then someone might be able to track what you’re watching at any time. For example, one day it could be possible for auto insurance companies to deny you coverage if the sensors in a VR device suggest you suffer from slow reaction times.What happens if someone hacks VR headsets and launches a visual attack that could cause adverse real-world reactions? There could be various ways hackers put individuals into harm’s way if desired.


Security Advice to VR platform adopters

Precautionary steps organizations can take to improve security of VR devices. For example, before adopting Virtual Reality or any new IoT technology, companies should examine the track record of the manufacturer and ask questions about whether the device’s firmware and software have been hardened to protect against prying eyes or malicious actors. Additionally, companies might want to wait a bit if there’s no immediate need to adopt VR technology, so the early bugs can get worked out to reduce security risks.



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