Is IT ready for wearables? Probably not

Remember two years ago when experts talked about how we’d all be using Google Glass to do work?  

Well as wrong as all those so-called experts were, Internet-connected wearable devices are starting to make their way into businesses. But IT pros may not be quite ready for them yet, according to a study by Ipswitch.

Top concerns

Ipswitch found that security was, naturally, the top concern with wearables. Sixty-one percent of respondents said breaches were a concern for them, followed by the increased workload that comes with supporting these devices (45%) and the increased toll on WiFi resources (36%).

But for many of those surveyed, the concerns were theoretical. Only 53% of respondents said they had dealt with wearables in the workplace so far (10% weren’t sure whether there were wearables in the office or not).

The most common items were relatively innocuous, too: Apple Watches and Fitbits, for the most part.

Get ready

Of course, this is where things stood not too long ago with the Internet of Things (IoT). As long as they weren’t prevalent in the workplace, it didn’t seem like all that much of a concern.

Now we know that many of those connected devices are serious security threats that could be used as a jumping off point for larger attacks.

For now, your best bet would be to establish policies governing the use of wearable devices in the office. This may require crafting a new policy, or just updating and amending BYOD policies that are already in place.

At the very least cover:

  • whether the devices are allowed
  • who they are allowed for
  • whether the devices can connect to the main network or ancillary WiFi networks, and
  • how adding the devices to the network should be documented and recorded.

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