Wearables could compromise corporate data

As smartwatches and other wearables gain popularity, experts are warning of potential data security risks in workplaces.Some employees have begun connecting their personal smartwatches with corporate Wi-Fi networks, which could mimic the problems caused when personal smartphones started showing up at work several years ago. That earlier bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend fostered an explosion of software products from various vendors for managing devices securely, alongside laptops and desktops.clouds 616122 1920Master Class: 3 ways to fast-track your journey to the cloud (with podcast and video)Listen, watch and learn as FCC CIO David Bray explains how to leverage change agents when pivoting toRead NowAs wearables begin to flood the workplace, the risk to employers could begin to look like “BYOD on steroids,” said Peter Gillespie, an attorney at Fisher Phillips, a national labor and employment law firm representing employers.Gillespie is concerned that as smartwatches are allowed to attach to emails — or internal productivity software in some cases — vital corporate and personal data could be lost, stolen or corrupted.The problem is only just emerging and few companies seem to understand the potential harms, Gillespie and others said.”As of now, wearables and Internet of Things devices are not getting attached to employer networks and so it’s not been viewed as a serious problem,” Gillespie said in an interview. “But I do think employer IT and HR departments should be aware that the consumer rollout of wearables has not been designed with enterprise data security in mind.”

Source: Wearables could compromise corporate data | Computerworld

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