Companies need to prepare for wearable technology

Companies need to prepare for wearable technology

The IT departments of many companies have seen numerous changes and new trends over the course of recent years, with bring-your-own-device (BYOD) being one of the most prominent developments that has affected firms of all sizes.

Such a willingness among employees to use their own personal devices within the workplace means that many systems are becoming flooded with new gadgets.

And when one considers the predicted rise of wearable technology, it seems pretty safe to assume that they could soon be a part of people's everyday working lives.

The developments of previous trends have arguably led many companies to learn a number of valuable lessons when it comes to overcoming the challenges posed by new technologies.

That process has required the use of enterprise developers and IT professionals to help manage new technology and incorporate it into a company's infrastructure.

Although accommodating wearables poses the same level of difficulty as implementing BYOD or the cloud did, there are some noticeable differences that companies will need to be prepared for.

Although there is not necessarily a need for a company to completely overhaul their BYOD policy, it should nevertheless adapt and try to accommodate wearable devices by putting together some strict guidelines on usage.

Those measures should aim to educate employees on the potential liabilities involved in using wearables, on both a personal and corporate level.

There are good reason too, as many of these devices are not inherently secure, with the lack of encryption making them very attractive to cyber criminals and hackers.

It is therefore essential that companies take necessary measures to secure information and sensitive data.

One such measure is for companies to ensure that every device in a company's network is trackable by the IT department via MAC addresses.

This means that IT departments can then be alerted when foreign devices connect, allowing them to assess new risks as they enter the workplace.