Cybersecurity breaches hit half of UAE organisations
CompTIA released findings from its International Trends in Cybersecurity report
A report released by CompTIA, unveiled that almost 50% of organisations in the past year have been plagued by at least one security breach or incident in the UAE.
The International Trends in Cybersecurity report revealed despite the high volume of breaches, organisations are paying attentions and altering their security practices and policies as a result of their increasing reliance on cloud computing and mobile technology solutions.
"The importance of cybersecurity knowledge and readiness continues to grow regardless of geography," said Mark Plunkett, regional director of Europe, Middle East and emerging markets at CompTIA. "Our survey indicated 79% of companies in the UAE expect cybersecurity to become a higher priority over the next two years."
Across all countries surveyed, 73% of organisations had experienced at least one security breach or incident in the past 12 months. Reported security breaches were most prevalent in India (94%) and Malaysia (89%). With almost half of organisations reporting a breach, the UAE rates relatively low compared to its counterparts across the globe.
However, the percentage of mobile-related security incidents, such as lost devices, mobile malware and phishing attacks or staff disabling security features was fairly high, with 60% of UAE firms reporting such an incident.
In the UAE, changes in IT operations, whether greater reliance on mobile technology, the use of cloud-based solutions or some other factor, were listed as the top driver for altering approaches to cybersecurity.
Furthermore, 80% of firms in the region set in place training to assess or improve cybersecurity knowledge among their employees. Almost 96% of managers believe it is important to test employees after cyber-security training to confirm knowledge gained.
More than 1,500 business and technology executives in 12 different countries were interviewed for the CompTIA survey. The report includes data from the UAE, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and the United Kingdom.