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Survey Finds North American Workplaces Are Not Ready for Wearable Tech

  • Survey Finds North American Workplaces Are Not Ready for Wearable Tech-

    Big Challenges

    IT professionals still see more risk than benefit with wearable technology. Increased security threats (50 percent) were the biggest challenge IT pros reported concerning wearables in the workplace, followed by data privacy (24 percent), identity and access management (7 percent), compliance requirements (6 percent), and ownership of tech and/or data outside of IT (6 percent).

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Survey Finds North American Workplaces Are Not Ready for Wearable Tech

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    Big Challenges

    IT professionals still see more risk than benefit with wearable technology. Increased security threats (50 percent) were the biggest challenge IT pros reported concerning wearables in the workplace, followed by data privacy (24 percent), identity and access management (7 percent), compliance requirements (6 percent), and ownership of tech and/or data outside of IT (6 percent).

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."