Survey Finds North American Workplaces Are Not Ready for Wearable Tech

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Risk/Reward

According to 2014 IT Risk/Reward Barometer, 40 percent of respondents in North America say their organization has plans in place to leverage the Internet of Things or expects to create plans in the next 12 months. Sixty-three percent of respondents reported feeling that BYOW had about the same risk as BYOD.

Wearable technology has been on the fast track to consumers this year, with a myriad of companies trying to get their products out and in the hands of buyers as soon as possible. As with smartphones, wearables will be flooding the market for the foreseeable future, and whether businesses like it or not, consumers are going to expect to use their devices at work.

Are workplaces ready for this invasion of wearable tech? According to new research from global IT association ISACA, the answer is no. As with BYOD, businesses will need time to come to grips with the network and security issues presented by BYOW (bring your own wearables) and develop policies to keep both the user and the business secure.

"The Internet of Things is here, and following the holidays, we are likely to see a surge in wearable devices in the workplace," said Rob Clyde, international vice president of ISACA and CEO of Adaptive Computing. "These devices can deliver great value, but they can also bring great risk. Companies should take an 'embrace and educate' approach."

 

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