UAE in top three for high-risk behaviour: study

Cyber security under threat from emerging #GenMobile, says Aruba

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UAE in top three for high-risk behaviour: study Enaya: In a connected world, firms need to nurture creativity, [but] minimise the risk of data and information loss.
By  Stephen McBride Published  April 15, 2015

Corporate cyber security policies are ill-equipped to deal with the "high-risk, high-growth mind-set of the #GenMobile workforce", according to a recent study by Aruba Networks, which shows the UAE workforce to exhibit one of the highest-risk behaviours worldwide, along with Thailand and China.

California, US-based Aruba urged worldwide businesses to address "the chasm that is exposed between age, gender, income level, industry and geographic location", which Aruba insists has "a direct effect" on corporate data security.

According to Aruba, its threat study, "Securing #GenMobile: Is Your Business Running the Risk?" polled over 11,500 workers across 23 countries worldwide including Saudi Arabia and UAE, which are the two largest IT markets in the Middle East.

"[The report] showcases that employee attitudes are swaying towards a more sharing, security-agnostic workplace," Aruba said in a statement. "The study shows that highly regulated and tech-savvy industries, higher-earning males, and emerging markets pose the greatest risk to enterprise data security."

Aruba believes three key trends highlight how #GenMobile is paving the way for risk-prone behaviour in the workforce: device sharing; security apathy in device selection; and policy resistance in pursuit of productivity.

"Organisations in the Middle East should strive to build a secure and operational framework for all workers, rather than stifle them," said Ammar Enaya, general manager, Aruba Networks Middle East. "These trends underline that #GenMobile employees continue to be a growing part of the everyday workforce, but they also bring with them some risky behaviours.

"In a contemporary connected world, firms need to nurture creativity, while at the same time minimise the risk of data and information loss. As a result, employers need to take an adaptive trust approach to connectivity and data security, identifying individual worker preferences that factor multiple layers of contextual information in order to build secure infrastructures around them."

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