Wearables Will Increase Enterprise Risks

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 01-12-2015 Email

The benefits of the Internet of things (IoT), including wearable devices, outweigh the risks they pose to enterprise, according to a new study, but consumer interest in wearable devices will create complications in the workplace. The survey results appear in the "ISACA 2014 IT Risk/Reward Barometer" report. Most IT professionals who responded to the survey said that bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are not ready to incorporate bring-your-own-wearable (BYOW). "While they acknowledge that such devices have the potential to add value, they are worried about how to manage and cover them effectively," the report states. That's understandable, as consumers (including employees), although concerned about recent prominent data breaches, have declined to change personal identification numbers (PINs) or passwords. This will become burdensome to IT departments as employees bring their wearables to work. The ISACA report, an annual global indicator of trust in information, polls thousands of business and IT professionals and consumers worldwide. This year's study, conducted online in September, 2014, polled 1,646 ISACA members from 110 countries. ISACA, which has 115,000 constituents in 180 countries, helps business and IT leaders build trust in, and value from, information and information systems.

Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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