When I ask people how the world they work in today is different than 10 years ago, the most popular answers is \u2013\u00a0it\u2019s more mobile. Do you remember a time when you didn\u2019t get email on your phone or couldn\u2019t request a car service through an app?\nThe Future of Technology \u2013 Wearables?\nFast forward five years into the future \u2013 what do you think will be the next life changing technology? The return of the anchored, desktop PC? Hardly\u2026 Forrester believes one of them will be wearables. They predict that\u00a0wearable computing could be bigger for the enterprise than for consumers. Now, it\u2019s important to note that wearables go well beyond the\u00a0Apple Watch\u00a0and\u00a0Google Glass\u00a0in the consumer market. Enterprises are ramping up, and organizations like Salesforce are introducing new developer tools (Salesforce Wear) to help with that integration.\nOne wearable use case that intrigued me was with construction workers in the Australian outback where one of the biggest threats are venomous snakes who kill 80% of the victims they bite. These workers are now\u00a0sporting wearables to immediately alert superiors\u00a0if anything happens to them so that healthcare workers can intervene in real-time.\nNow while many of us may sometimes feel like we are dodging venomous snakes in our office chairs, the common real threats are of data leakage and cyber-attacks. So imagine this: a world where people are authenticated into systems through wearable devices that recognize their body\u2019s unique cardiac signal. Companies like\u00a0Nymi\u00a0are introducing new technologies that do just that. It\u2019s real.\nNow I am jumping a bit into the future. But that future is not that so far away. The challenge is, most enterprises haven\u2019t yet found a way to secure the mobile workforce of today, let alone the workforce of the future.\nThis leads me to Truth #4 in my\u00a0Five Important Truths about Digital Workspaces in a Dangerous World\u00a0blog series \u2013\u00a0A Mobile\/Consumerized World Requires Real-Time, Context Awareness.\nIt\u2019s an \u201cAlways-On\u201d Culture\nThe digital workforce wants to work from any location, any time, using any device. While this \u201calways-on\u201d culture can turn some of us into workaholics (at least what my husband calls my work habits), it has also given us new ways of balancing work demands with our personal lives.\nSo with mobility a real and powerful force, the challenge for IT is to\u00a0support this new mobile enabled, empowered workforce that wants everything at their fingertips, while balancing the need to ensure access to technology and information remains secure.\nReal-Time Situational Security\nTo support the rise of this new, agile, digital workforce, it is imperative that\u00a0we remodel the people-to-technology connection. We do this by adapting to the individual employee\u2019s needs and enabling them for the right level of access based on their individual contexts. That means, in\u00a0real-time, their access adapts based on the context of the worker. Is he or she in a secure Wi-Fi location? What time of day is it? What device is being used? What role is the worker in today, even at this minute?\nFor example, if you\u2019re a financial consultant should you be able to access secure customer financial records on an open coffee shop Wi-Fi connection? Probably not. But if you take your tablet back to a secure connection like the office, access should be made available immediately. The key is \u2013 technology must react to the worker and not force the worker to react to his or her situation.\nHow Secure is your Future?\nSome technologies, including mobile devices and wearables, are still in the experimentation phase. But it wasn\u2019t all that long ago implementing the\u00a0BlackBerry Enterprise Server\u00a0was the number one priority on many IT leader\u2019s yearly goals. Now is the time to start asking \u2013 not just how you will support the growing, mobile workforce \u2013 but how you are going to support them securely.\u00a0Don\u2019t let security be an afterthought in your mobile enablement strategies.\nFor more of the\u00a05 Important Truths about Digital Workspaces in a Dangerous World, stay tuned for\u00a0Truth #5 \u2013 Embrace Employee Business Unit Empowerment.\nOr download\u00a0the full whitepaper here.