UAE among top 5 riskiest nations for mobile security: Aruba

Behaviour survey demonstrates ‘East-West divide’ in corporate practices, company says

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UAE among top 5 riskiest nations for mobile security: Aruba Kawkji: Self-empowered workers… are embracing… new ways of driving growth, but are also introducing added risks into the business.
By  Stephen McBride Published  August 24, 2015

The UAE ranked fifth in Aruba Networks' risk assessment for cyber security, according to a report released by the company this week.

HP-owned Aruba used a survey to determine behaviour among 11,500 device-users in 23 countries. The top-ranked nations for safe practices were: Sweden, US, Canada, UK and Norway. Those deemed most at risk from malicious actors were: Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, China and UAE.

Aruba considers mobile-workforce users (what the company refers to as #GenMobile) at the heart of the risk trend. In the UAE, nearly half of those polled (48%) admit to having lost personal or company data through the misuse of a device. For their counterparts in the US, this figure was 24%.

"Overall the report establishes a clear East-West divide with regard to mobile security," Aruba said in a statement.

"It appears that emerging markets are seeing more self-empowered workers who are embracing new technologies and new ways of driving growth, but are also introducing added risks into the business," said Saadi Kawkji, regional technical manager, Gulf and Pakistan, Aruba Networks. "The results suggest that while risk can be bad, it can also be good for business - something that more conservative westernised markets should take note of.

"If the workforce thinks nothing of sharing passwords or devices in order to get things done, this presents an interesting productivity-versus-security challenge for IT managers the world over. Striking the balance will be all important to ensuring companies are attracting and retaining the best talent, without exposing sensitive data in the process."

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