[featured-text]We all know that the use of mobile devices is out-pacing laptops and PCs; that’s nothing new and the trend is likely to continue.[/featured-text]
In the face of this, the main concern companies still face is protecting their intellectual property. Key is a clear strategy to mitigate information security risks. So while companies are dealing with this known challenge, in walks another: “wearables”, reminding us that security cannot be reduced with the arrival of new, innovative and intuitive technologies.
Yes, wearable technologies are nothing new in the world we live in today, but as they go mainstream, IT departments need to prepare for the management and security implications that can occur with any new technology that comes online. It is an absolute that IT can expect new challenges around supporting smart watches, smart eyewear, health and fitness trackers and other wearable technologies that their employees bring to work as part of their arsenal of technology, adding Wear Your Own Device (WYOD) to our growing list of industry acronyms.
We should be concerned about security, confidentiality, privacy and intellectual property protection and these issues should be considered carefully.
At Network Control we have interviewed our customers on the topic and are sure that banning the use of new and emerging technologies is not the long term solution, especially with Millennials driving high-tech adoption. This is where we believe and have started incorporating WYOD policies to existing mobility policies. When it comes to proactively managing wearable technologies in the enterprise, here are few points for you to consider:
Since we know wearables connect with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to the enterprise networks it is vital to consider the surrounding connectivity pieces of the puzzle:
IT departments need to expand their policies to incorporate objectives which are more company-specific, and find a way to collect, store, analyze and access all business-related data from those devices.
At Network Control goal is to help guide and support our customers through the ever expanding growth categories of wireless services. We have policy experts assigned to support our client base by expanding their mobility and AUP policies to capture any and all new technologies as they work their way into the workplace.