Wearables are a hot topic right now. While FitBit, Apple Watch, Google Glass, and other connected devices are sure to be on everyone’s holiday lists, it may not be the right time, unfortunately, to bring those devices to the workplace.
According to a recent FierceMobileIT article, new research from global IT association ISACA found that few workplaces worldwide are ready for the invasion of wearable technology and other connected devices. Approximately 1,646 respondents from 110 countries weighed in on ISACA’s 2014 IT Risk/Reward Barometer, and the following results were found:
- 43% of global respondents say their organization has plans in place to leverage the Internet of Things or expects to create plans in the next 12 months.
- More than half (56%) say their “bring your own device” (BYOD) policy does not address wearables and a further 23% do not even have a BYOD policy in place.
- 81% of the IT professionals surveyed say BYOW (bring your own wearables) is as risky as, or riskier than, BYOD.
- Nearly half of the respondents believe the biggest challenge regarding the Internet of Things is increased security threats (49%), while a quarter (25%) are concerned about data privacy issues.
- Nearly seven in 10 (69%) are very concerned about a decreasing level of personal privacy and 28% of respondents say the general public’s biggest concern about connected devices should be that they don’t know who has access to the information collected.
“The Internet of Things is here, and 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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