Google Glass and the BYOD spotlight: Benefits and BYOD security risks

May 06, 2015

2015-05-06 Google Glass.jpgGoogle Glass made many headlines when it was first introduced. Its release sparked many new conversations, as users tried to balance their concerns about the wearable technology with the benefits it can bring to an office setting. Mashable noted that Google Glass wearers have been the brunt of many jokes these days, especially as experts step up to criticize the device.

However, when company administrators take a look at the advantages that such wearables can offer and plan accordingly to mitigate the BYOD security risks, Google Glass could still yet become the next must-have for every office professional. In particular, jobs that require the use of both hands while also demanding a-ccess to company information could greatly benefit from a wearable system of this kind.

“There’s been lots of technology we haven’t been able to push out to workers who don’t sit at a desk,” Eric Johnsen of APX Labs, a former Google employee, said to Forbes. “This space of wearables in enterprise is about to blast off.”

Google Glass may seemingly have been shut down in early 2015, but some reports suggest that it may be re-released at a later date. Either way, between Google Glass and the recently released Apple Watch, wearable technology still appears as one of the hottest IT trends today.

Plan for security
However, as with any new mobile device being brought into the workplace, company administrators must plan for the addition accordingly. In order for any new tool to be effective, these endpoints will require access to business resources and certain sensitive data – similar to the smartphones and tablets currently being used by staffers. This can create a number of BYOD security issues and privacy challenges if business leaders don’t consider these factors ahead of time.

Mashable noted that in addition to ensuring security for mobile data access and sharing business files, supervisors must also consider physical security and privacy. For example, decision-makers may want to ban the use of Google Glass for drivers. Additionally, they should consider the confidentiality of their staff members.

“Most companies don’t have a ‘do not record people in the bathroom’ policy,” pointed out Heather Bussing, HR Examiner employment attorney and contributor. “So it will be a good idea to establish some etiquette – at the very least, on what spaces are private and what are public.”

However, with effective planning and the creation of a wearable tech policy, enterprises can leverage Google Glass, the Apple Watch or any other wearable device to their advantage.