Survey Finds North American Workplaces Are Not Ready for Wearable Tech

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Risk vs. Benefit

Overall, most IT professionals across North America believe the benefit of the Internet of Things outweighs the risk for individuals (39 percent), while close to half believe the risk outweighs the benefit for enterprises (44 percent). Yet despite the risks, a quarter (25 percent) say the Internet of Things has given their business greater access to information and more than four in 10 hope to benefit from greater efficiency (43 percent) and improved services (41 percent) as a result of connected devices.

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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