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. As 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.

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