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Wearables may pose major BYOD security threat to company networks

As more users show interest in wearables, there are major threats to company networks, cybersecurity experts warn

By Michael Hatamoto on Mar 17, 2015 12:26 pm CDT - 0 mins, 44 secs reading time

The wearables industry is evolving and becoming more mainstream over time, but that could lead to major cybersecurity concerns, experts warn. Wearable shipments are predicted to rise 158 percent year-over-year in 2015, reaching 75 million units - and the bring your own device (BYOD) means a lot of those devices will enter the workplace.

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Eighty percent of European companies saw more wearables in the workplace, with 77 percent of IT decision makers embracing the change, though the smartwatches and other devices are connected to company networks. Clever hackers will be able to access data ranging from names, email addresses and other personal information to work-related data, such as sensitive corporate data.

"As people get increasingly interested in wearables... these devices end up indirectly connected to corporate networks via BYOD (bring your own device) devices," said Bogdan Botezatu, senior e-threat analyst at security firm Bitdefender, in a statement to CNBC.

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