Wearables: Is Your Company Ready?

The recent launch of the Apple Watch officially heralded the beginning of the era of wearables. Soon your employees will wear smartwatches to work and your HR, legal, and IT departments will have a whole host of new issues to manage.

Better stated, the issues aren’t new, but their application to an evolving technology is.

If your organization already has a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, then you are ahead of the game. You will, however, have to adapt that policy to account for Wear Your Own Device (WYOD). All you’ll have to do is extend your BYOD to expressly cover wearables. These devices will bring email, text messages, financial information, and health data to a smaller, even more portable form. And, the more avenues your employees have to access your network and data, the more ingresses hackers have to steal information. In other words, you need to understand wearables and account for them in your policies, because your employees aren’t going to wait for an official green light to start using them.

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Jon Hyman