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GISEC 2015: Aruba works to secure #GenMobile

Wireless specialist builds on research to craft risk profiles for corporate users

GISEC 2015: Aruba works to secure #GenMobile
Kozup: It’s not just a question of putting in a firewall and saying, ‘Okay, job done.’

Wireless networks specialist Aruba has been using the term #GenMobile for some time, but at Dubai's Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) 2015, the company is shouting louder than ever that companies need to address not just a security perimeter, but the awareness of their ever-more-mobile workforce.

"Enterprises today are seeing an influx of mobile employees," Chris Kozup, senior director, EMEA Marketing, Aruba Networks, told ITP.net. "[You see] a whole transformation of the way people are doing work, and one of the things we have found is there has been a focus on the IT side around technologies required for security, but oftentimes not enough focus on understanding the user side, the human side, of security."

Kozup spoke of research conducted by the company recently that suggested a pattern of risky behaviour among mobile employees. Aruba is working with technology partners to address the identified gaps, where they lie beyond the company's main focus of the wireless network.

"Security is ultimately like an onion; you have layer, after layer, after layer," said Kozup. "But [we need to think about] not only how we [integrate] those different types of security technologies, but also, how we go about understanding things like who the users are. Demographics and geography play different roles in terms of how risky those employees are to the business."

As Aruba conducted its research, which encompassed almost 12,000 employees across 23 countries, the company found that it could craft a risk profile of an employee based on a number of personal attributes and professional habits. Findings from the survey included, for example, a strong indication that males were 20% more likely than females to lose corporate data and that younger employees represented a higher risk.

"It's not just a question of putting in a firewall and saying, ‘Okay, job done,'" said Kozup. "We have a lot of user training to go through to ensure we're protecting the softer side as well as the tech side."

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