Big Worries about Wearables in the Workplace
Just when IT pros felt like they had control around the tablets and smartphone devices that comprised the “D” in BYOD, employees are introducing a new class of devices to the workplace: wearables. These small devices can include anything from smart watches to fitness-focused wristbands to eyewear such as Google Glass. Wearables have giant computing power and can carry big security risks.
If wearables have not made their way into your organization, they soon will. If the proper procedures and tools are put into place early, there can be significant benefits to their use, making employees more efficient, productive, engaged, and collaborative. These benefits may result both from the direct use of devices likeGoogle Glass, as well as from analysis of data gleaned from the devices.
It’s a brave new world that organizations may or may not be ready for. In any case, there are initiatives that companies need to consider as they prepare for the wearable onslaught—whether that means proactively planning for their integration in organizational practices or actively restricting their use (at least for the time being).
“Education” is the security measure with perhaps the biggest impact. Employees need to know just how useful and dangerous wearable computers can be. To gain the most from these devices, employees must be trained in how to maximize the former and mitigate the latter.
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