What a “Wear Your Own Device” policy might mean for your business

Wearable devices are an approach to personal technology that seems to be growing, at least according to a recent piece in Tech Republic. While some companies might consider these to be just another class of devices encompassed by the policies and regulations they already have in place, TR's Will Kelly writes that they might require their own specific list of acceptable practices.

Although the term "wearable" is used to reference a category of devices, some of the items Kelly notes could actually be quite different: Google Glass, for example, might not be subject to the same security issues that threaten "smart watches."

Because the proper approach to these policies may be up in the air, Kelly notes that businesses should prepare themselves for the possibility of their use to grow.

"IT security and others involved in BYOD initiatives would be best served to watch the rise of wearables in their own enterprise so they can take a proactive versus reactive stance once employee's want to start accessing network resources via this new class of mobile devices," he writes.

Business Insider recently reported on wearables, however, and determined that they currently don't support enough apps to make them useful. The source featured a timeline that shows how these are comparably far younger devices, not to mention currently in the hands of fewer consumers.

Whether or not it's time for your business to upgrade to a fully-fledged "Wear Your Own Device," policy, you can use the web based terminal emulator software that might be most helpful for these devices. Even if these devices use Android or other familiar OS, your company should try to anticipate a reaction that is better fitting.