How Wearable Devices Are Creating Innovation in the Workplace

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Smart clothes

Being a smart dresser takes on a whole new meaning with wearable devices being designed into clothing. Project Jacquard is a collaborative effort between Google and Levi Strauss. As explained in a Wareable article, "Google and Levi's has produced a conductive yarn that combine thin metallic alloys with yarns that you typically find on clothing. In the case of the Commuter Jacket, this interactive yarn has been used to build touch and gesture sensitive areas on the sleeve and sensor grids can be created for even larger interactive surfaces."

As wearable devices evolve, they will take on more functionality, especially within the workplace, potentially affecting the data within a wide range of industries.

On one hand, wearables are revolutionizing the workplace, with innovations that create a safer work environment or enhance the way professionals are able to go about their job. Expect to see developers produce new versions of devices and apps to accommodate wearables in the workplace, enabling improved network access and offering new collaboration tools for employees.

On the other hand, wearables open the door to potential security risks.

"This will also introduce new vulnerabilities as wearables can be accessed via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth," said Varun Kohli, VP of Marketing at Skycure. "A hacker can leverage either or both gates to get access to wearables to steal both personal and corporate data. More importantly, new applications written specifically for wearables are bringing new vulnerabilities to the app level."

Because developers are most interested in getting their product to market, this leads to them taking security shortcuts that will affect the overall risk posture of the organization. Bringing in these wearable/IoT devices opens the door for hackers and hactivists looking for an easy in.

Here are some of the ways wearables are changing the workplace – and one device that we never think of as wearable but may be the most important device we own.

 
 
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