Aruba Study Finds New, More Mobile Workers Pose Security Risks

By Jeffrey Burt  |  Posted 2015-04-17 Print this article Print
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Men are 20 percent more likely to have lost personal or client data because of how they use their smartphones, and 40 percent more likely to be victims of identity theft. Those workers between 25 and 34 years of age are most likely to have their data or identity stolen.

How much a person earns also impacts how security-focused they are. Those making more than $60,000 are more than twice as likely as those earning less than $18,000 to have lost corporate financial data, and 20 percent more likely to lose personal data due to device misuse or theft. That said, those making more than $75,000 were three times more likely to give out their passwords than people making less than $18,000.

The regions with the lowest-risk behaviors were such Western countries as the United States, the United Kingdom and Sweden, while growth markets—like China, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates—have the highest-risk behaviors.

Overall, businesses need to do a better job preparing for an increasingly mobile and less-secure world, Aruba officials said. Thirty-seven percent of those surveyed had no type of basic mobile security policy, and many aren't enforcing basic security practices, illustrated by the fact that 18 percent of employees don't protect their devices with passwords. If businesses can start managing their security more intelligently, they can take advantage of the benefits #GenMobile workers bring with their more flexible work and information exchange practices.

"Organizations should strive to build a secure and operational framework for all workers, rather than stifle them," Aruba's Gibson said. "These trends underline that #GenMobile employees continue to be a growing part of the everyday workforce, but they also bring with them some risky behaviors. In a contemporary connected world, firms need to nurture creativity, while at the same time minimizing the risk of data and information loss."

Aruba, which Hewlett-Packard is in the process of acquiring, has used the data from the survey to develop an online Security Risk Index tool that enables businesses to measure their risk levels.



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