The impact of wearable accessories on a corporate network
Hans Christian Andersen versus George Lucas.. as technology develops the race to keep pace with what is or is not being worn heats up.
The question being asked by IT professionals in 2014 is how workplace networks will cope with consumer-driven wearable gadgets. If smart wigs, watches, glasses and gloves become as commonplace as an iPhone or HTC are today, the impact on corporate IT must not be underestimated. These devices need to pair with an "original" device. They don't replace phones, tablets and computers; they are in addition. Smart wigs, shoes, handbags and many other accessories will multiply the number of devices accessing the network. For those who found BYOD a challenge, expect the wearable technology revolution to be like BYOD x 100. And then there are security considerations. Google Glass enables the wearer to record everything that he/she sees. Similarly, smartwatches have cameras and recording facilities. Although this seems very 007, the reality is that discreetly transferring sensitive competitive information to a device outside the network could become as easy as a flick of the wrist or the scratch of an ear.