Why Augmented Reality and the IoT Increase Risks
A significant number of organizations are adopting wearable technology, digital navigation and other forms of augmented reality (AR) to drive business, according to a recent survey from ISACA. The accompanying report, "2016 IT Risk/Reward Barometer," defines AR as "a technology that superimposes a computer-generated overlay on a user's view of the real world." Findings indicate that, while deployment rates are significant, relatively few companies have come up with a policy to set guidelines for staff usage of AR. The report also lends insights into the presence of internet of things (IoT) technologies in the workplace, with privacy and security concerns on the rise for both AR and the IoT. If these matters are sufficiently addressed, however, IT teams can help their organizations expand business models and improve team collaboration and efficiencies. "With the proliferation of IoT-enabled devices and the drive to provide enhanced user experiences, IoT and AR have the power to become a source of unprecedented value and opportunity, as well as significant risk," said Rob Clyde, an ISACA board director. "Individuals and enterprises should focus on rapidly getting up to speed on these technologies while learning how to manage risk so they do not compromise their company's ability to innovate." More than 6,590 global ISACA members took part in the research.