Cisco exposes BYOD fears

Regional security study finds 65% of employees are putting companies at risk

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Cisco exposes BYOD fears Osama Rasoul: It is becoming increasingly important for businesses to change their mindset.
By Staff Writer Published  October 23, 2013

Cisco’s Middle East ICT Security study has found that 65% of employees are putting their companies at risk by not understanding the security implications of using personal devices in the workplace. Enterprises in the Middle East are increasingly feeling the impact of the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) trend as IT departments are forced to implement mobility systems to manage the steep increase in employee owned devices.

“With the rising threats of enterprise ICT security coming from unsecured devices, it is becoming increasingly important for businesses to change their mindset to ensure that their networks and vital information continue to be protected. With the rise of the Internet of Everything more people, things and devices will connect to the Internet and more data will be accessed across corporate networks from external devices. This inevitably opens businesses up to new vulnerabilities and a need for more sophisticated mobility security approaches,” says Osama Rasoul, Sales Manager, Network Architectures, Cisco.

With the Cisco Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast estimating that in the Middle East and Africa (MEA), there will be nearly 850,000,000 mobile users by 2017, Cisco believes that the region is rapidly approaching the time when nearly every network experience will be a mobile one. According to the research, 85% of respondents said they were allowed to use company-issued computers for personal reasons, with only half of companies surveyed having implemented specific security restrictions on devices and communicated the importance of ICT security to employees today.

The research indicated that enterprise security within Middle East organisations is being put under increasing pressure by the proliferation of devices brought into the workplace. The research found that almost half (46%) of all employees in the region are bringing at least one unsecured device to work. Only 55% of companies surveyed have a plan in place to manage the use of these devices.

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