Wearable computing technology could change BYOD policies

Wearable computing technology could change BYOD policies

The popularity of wearable computing technology, such as Google Glass and smart watches, is on the rise and according to an expert technology journalist, this could change the face of bring-your-own-device (BOYD) policies.

Writing for Forbes, Scott Koegler notes that these wearable devices are just the next step in, what he refers to as, the natural continuum of mobile technology.

Existing  BYOD policies can’t accommodate the use of these devices as they raise new security issues and businesses should look to evolve and change the nature of them. 

The increasing popularity of these gadgets in the workplace will mean more corporate security and personal privacy concerns.

Mr Koegler advises that Wearable computing technology have become the norm, their design has evolved to become more closely attached to our bodies. Google Glass is a prime example of this development.

The reality augmentation device has a display that the user wears over their eyes, much like a pair of glasses. The gadget displays information like a smartphone does, but in a hands-free format. It responds to voice commands and can communicate with the internet as the user tells it to.

Several other competitors are in the development stage of their own versions of Google Glass.

Smart watches have also been introduced to the market recently. These devices wirelessly connect to smartphones, and Mr Koegler believes that soon they will be as common as traditional watches.

This personalised technology is moving beyond the control of traditional BYOD IT policies and this issue must be addressed to ensure that data security protocols are still being adhered to when these devices are being used.

Mr Koegler suggests that wearable computing technology is not yet the norm, but it will be and now is the time to develop a real understanding of where this technology is leading to.

Existing policies do not have to be scrapped completely; they can be adjusted to adapt to this new technology. Mr Koegler recommends mobile quarantines for the more sophisticated devices and limiting access in countries where the security measures are lax.  

Businesses that look ahead and get solutions in place for when wearable computing technology penetrates the workplace on a larger scale will be more prepared for any system problems that may arise.