Survey highlights the risks associated with wearable technology

Published: Friday, 09 October 2015 07:08

Ipswitch has announced the findings of its 2015 Wearable Technology Survey which polled IT professionals from businesses and organizations within the United Kingdom. The survey reveals concerns about wearable technology in the workplace.

Almost half (49 percent) of IT professionals are running networks that have smart watches connecting to them via Wi-Fi. 43 percent have fitness bands connecting, almost a fifth (17 percent) have health monitoring devices and 12 percent have recording and photography gear.

Only seven percent of all respondents say that their company provides wearable technology to its own workers. This is despite a quarter (25 percent) of IT professionals saying in a similar survey in October 2014 that they expected to introduce wearable technology within the next year.

The top concerns for IT professionals relating to high adoption of wearable technology in the workplace were:

1. Security breaches (71 percent)
2. More work to support more devices (48 percent)
3. Decreased network bandwidth (32 percent).

However, when asked if they had IT policies in place to manage the impact of wearable technology, over two-thirds (69 percent) did not and only one-fifth (21 percent) did have such a policy.

Read the full survey report here.