Enterprises are not ready for 'bring your own wearables'
By Fred Donovan
Few enterprises are ready for the influx of wearables and other connected devices, according to a survey of 1,646 business and IT professionals by nonprofit IT association ISACA.
A majority of respondents say their firm is not ready for wearables in the workplace. More than half say their BYOD policy does not address wearables and another 23 percent do not even have a BYOD policy in place.
Yet, 81 percent of respondents say that "bring your own wearables" will pose more risks to the enterprise than BYOD.
Nearly half of respondents say that the benefit of the Internet of Things (IoT) outweigh the risks for individuals, but only one-third think that the risks outweigh the benefits for enterprises.
Close to half of the respondents believe the biggest challenge regarding the IoT is increased security threats, while 25 percent are concerned about data privacy issues.
More than two-thirds of respondents say they are very concerned about a declining level of personal privacy as a result of IoT, and 28 percent say the public's biggest concern about connected devices should be that they do not know who has access to the information.
"The Internet of Things is here, and we are likely to see a surge in wearable devices in the workplace. These devices can deliver great value, but they can also bring great risk. Companies should take an 'embrace and educate' approach," says Rob Clyde, international vice president of ISACA and CEO of Adaptive Computing.
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