GenMobile Paves Way for Enterprise Security Risks

Aruba Networks recently conducted a security threat study and found that the GenMobile is cooking up security threats.

The “Securing #GenMobile: Is Your Business Running the Risk” security threat study, which questioned over 11,500 workers from across 23 countries including Malaysia, showcases that employee attitudes are swaying towards more sharing of devices yet an indifferent view to security in the workplace.

The study shows that the younger males especially those in the high tech and finance industries in Malaysia pose the greatest risk to enterprise data security.

The study reveals several key risk indicators, amongst them are:
  • GenMobile doesn't mind sharing
  • GenMobile is indifferent towards security threat - 87% assumes that IT security is in good hands when 31% had lost data
  • GenMobile are willing to use personal assets to perform official tasks
  • 46% of high tech employees are willing to surrender passwords to IT supports
  • 28% of educators are more like to store passwords on a sheet of paper
  • 20% of men are more likely to lose personal data
  • Age 25 to 34 years are more likely fall victim to identity theft
  • Higher salary earners are more likely fall victim to data theft
  • China, Thailand and UAE are locations with highest risk scores

Using this global data, Aruba has developed an online Security Risk Index tool to allow organizations to benchmark their Mobile Security risk levels relative to organizations in their country and industry.

My opinions:

1.) People tend to use personal devices for work, results in greater exposure to risks

For instance, someone copies a confidential file to personal computer and results in confidential data lost because the PC was compromised.

Nevertheless, enterprise IT infrastructure barely able to keep up free IT infrastructure such as gmail

2.) People are indifferent to security protection on mobile devices - nobody seems to be willing to scan the mobile devices using security protection because there is no time and always not enough battery power

3.) I actually think that storing passwords on paper is the most secured method