UAE employees among the global worst for mobile security, says report

UAE – According to a new report by Aruba Networks, employees in the UAE have some of the worst mobile security habits in the world.

The report looked at more than 11,000 employees in 23 countries and found that established Western markets display by far the world’s safest employee behaviours when it comes to using mobile devices at work, whereas emerging Eastern regions rank the lowest for mobile security practices.

The issue of data loss was greatest in the Middle East, with nearly half of UAE workers (48 per cent) admitting to having lost personal or company data through the misuse of a mobile, this was just a quarter in the US (24 per cent).

Saadi Kawkji, regional technical manager, Gulf and Pakistan at Aruba Networks said: “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. 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 vs security challenge for IT managers the world over.”

By comparison, in the UK only one in ten (12 per cent) do not password protect their work smartphone. In Malaysia, that figure is nearly three in ten (29 per cent).

The findings, included in Aruba Networks’ Running The Riskreport, names the #GenMobile demographic as a major driver for more pro-risk behaviours.