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Two Thirds of UK Staff Bring Wearables to Work

Two Thirds of UK Staff Bring Wearables to Work

According to a survey by Trend Micro, IT bosses see 69% of UK staff bring wearables into their organisations.

The research also showed 91% of organisations expect the number of employees bringing their own wearable devices to work to increase over the next year.

Trend Micro CTO Raimand Genes believes wearable tech is in its growth stages.

He said: "It's a developing market.

"We are now talking about all the Fitbit devices and we're talking about the Apple Watch, which have pretty basic sensors."

In September 2014 research firm Juniper predicted premium wearable devices will push wearable revenues to $53.2bn in 2019.

Genes added: "I believe in the future we will see more and more of this. We are witnessing devices which are measuring heart rate and all this kind of stuff, and it's positive but you also have to think about the security implications."

The research from the security firm also revealed 64% of UK staff said the increase in wearable devices entering their workplace will not prove to be a problem and they are not worried about it.

However, even though there is a lack of concern over wearables entering the workplace, 85% of respondents said they are aware of the security risks these devices may bring.

The main concern for IT professionals was the risk of identity theft - which was cited by 47% of participants.

The Information Commissioner's Office has already warned that wearable technology must comply with UK data privacy laws to protect its user's information.


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