Businesses in the UK are unprepared to deal with the security risks posed by employees who bring wearable devices to work, according to research out today.

The study, conducted on behalf of enterprise software developer Accellion across 100 IT decision makers, found that less than half (41 per cent) of firms in the UK have a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) policy in place that can be extended to cover wearables.

Apple Watch. Image credit: Apple

It also revealed that 77 percent of respondents don’t currently consider wearable technology as part of their broader mobile security strategy.

More than half (53 percent) admitted that they are yet to even consider the impact that wearable technology could have on data security within their organisation.

Interestingly, 37 percent of IT decision makers said that they did not see any need to embrace WYOD ('Wear Your Own Device') policies even though 61 percent said that they already had employees currently using wearable devices within their organisation.

The business leaders said they expected the Apple Watch and Google Glass to be the most popular wearable devices, followed by the Sony Smartwatch, Samsung Gear 2 Neo and the Pebble. 

Email and social media are expected to be the most popular applications that employees will use at work, according to the study.

Paula Skokowski, CMO at Accellion, whcih provides security software to enterprises, said: “With the anticipated launch of various new wearable devices in 2015, the age of WYOD is upon us. Enterprises need to wake up to the security threats posed when employees use these new wearable devices to access confidential work-related information.

"Although UK enterprises are beginning to come to terms with the need to securely enable the use of smartphones and tablets by the workforce, the next challenge is to ensure that wearables are given the same attention.”

Samsung has predicted that the UK public will buy over a million wearable devices this Christmas. 

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