Wearable tech to pose next IT challenge

Wearable tech to pose next IT challenge

Wearable technology could pose the next headache for IT managers, with experts warning they may need to be accommodated by a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policy in order to truly benefit companies.

According to a recent study by ABI Research, the wearable technology industry is set to grow by as much as $18 billion (£10.61 billion) over the next five years.

It means that devices such as smart watches and smart eyewear could soon be finding their way into networks that are already crowded with devices, presenting new challenges to IT professionals.

Security is a very real issue when considering an effective strategy for companies and some analysts feel that wearable technology could leave companies open to threats.

In a recent article for CNBC, Nicko van Someren, wrote: "The deeply personal nature of wearables may well make them a very attractive proposition to cyber criminals.

"While the tiny screen, processor and memory means that not much data will be on the device, the data will typically be the most important bit."

He added that there are already a number of logistical problems associated with securing such technology, with the use of passwords and other traditional systems proving tricky on devices that are often very small in size.

Such a situation could lead to a number of organisations having to fundamentally re-evaluate their BYOD policies in order to accommodate these new devices, many of which have already found their way in to the systems of various workplaces.

Creating these new customised policies may seem difficult, but it is arguably better to have a working policy ready to go to allow new device to comply as smoothly as possible.

Deloitte's annual Tech Trend report has already suggested that businesses that manage to adopt the technology early will be the ones who thrive the most.

It means that wearable technology, no matter what it is being used for, can then be effectively used alongside other devices in your network, such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.