The Apple Watch was launched this week. While some members of the tech community greeted the device with great enthusiasm others remained unconvinced about its potential. According to the popular tech blog The Verge, the Apple Watch does not have a unifying theme although it is full of interesting ideas.
The Apple Watch may or may not be a hit with the consumers, but one thing is certain. Wearable devices are here to stay. There is already a market for smartwatches. Last year, Samsung was the leading player in this industry. And now giants like Sony, LG, Apple and Lenovo have also entered the fray. Sony, LG and Lenovo make smartwatches based on Android Wear technology. BlackBerry’s BBM app runs on these devices.
485 million wearable devices are expected to ship in 2018. In the not-so-distant future we will also get to see the perfect smartwatch. And then people will begin to buy them in droves. Employees will bring their wearables to the workplace. Businesses have to be prepared for this. Otherwise, they will have to contend with a complicated mess of unreliable security practices and compliance issues.
What problems will enterprises face when employees bring their own wearables?
Enterprises that have prepared themselves for this challenge may still find the management of smartwatches a bit complex. However, if they address the core problems with wearables, they will be able solve this issue. Remember that wearables are designed to enhance the functionality of existing devices. The Apple Watch has to be used with an iPad or an iPhone. In the same way, the Galaxy Wear has to be used with an Android tablet or phone.
Many wearable devices communicate through Bluetooth. This technology is inherently insecure. In the future, smartwatches and other wearable devices may also be able to connect to more than just mobile devices. When you consider this scenario, it is not hard to see the need to secure these devices properly.
Another problem is related to software. There aren’t many established security protocols for wearable devices. So, how can your organization prepare itself for the smartwatch revolution? Here are a few things you have to do.
Include wearable tech in your BYOD Policy
Your security policies should deal with issues such as unsafe applications, device authentication, and unsecured Bluetooth emitters.
Educate your employees
Your employees should be aware of the privacy problems created by wearable devices. Smartwatches, for example, can bypass a smartphone’s lock screen.
The enterprise networks are already difficult to manage. The advent of wearable tech will make the situation even more complicated. You need a solution in place to monitor the flow of data through your corporate network. A large number of wearable apps ignore security and hence you have to monitor the apps used by your employees. If you can’t take the measures required to secure these apps, you have to prohibit their use.
Use the proper tools
To monitor, manage and secure all devices that your employees bring to the workplace, you have to incorporate a competent EMM solution. BlackBerry’s BES12 is an excellent enterprise mobility management solution that can take care of this situation.