Last week I finally got to try the device that's pretty much in the news every day these days: Google Glasses. I used them to view a demonstration of a sports app -- think watching video replays while you also watch the game -- but what really surprised me was how well the glasses worked, for something that is admittedly still a very beta product.
But these days, beta to production doesn't take long, so it's a safe guess to assume that wearable computing devices like Google Glasses and whatever watches come out soon will be connecting to your enterprise network, whether you want them to or not. The question is, are you ready, from a security and accessibility standpoint? It's not too soon to start thinking about wearable devices, according to experts interviewed for a story on SiliconAngle this week.
Chris Fleck, vice president of Mobility Solutions at Citrix, told Silicon Angle that IT directors need to figure out security issues for wearables beforehand, since they will likely be able to do simple things like open up email, adding another potential data loss risk area. Here's a good quote from the story:
“IT managers should get ahead of the coming wave. Just allowing BYOD is not the answer, because that means opening up risks for company IP. Simply opening a document attachment from native email can result in the document in a personal Dropbox account and syncing to a home PC completely out of IT’s control,” warns Fleck.
Just in case you needed more proof that this is something that is really happening, here's an IDG News story about a company already planning to deliver enterprise Glasses apps next year. Will it take off quickly? I'm not so sure, but after my brief demonstration I was more impressed than I thought I would be. Wearable devices with real connections to data are coming, and ignoring them and the security risks they present is something you do at your own company's peril.
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