Use of mobile devices in workplace has raised organisational risks significantly, a latest survey conducted by HID Global across the Middle East region revealed Monday.
Among the respondents of the survey, 97 percent said that the widespread use of mobile devices by employees, has significantly increased their organisations risk profile for security breaches, data loss and or compliance issues.
Respondents to the survey included CIOs, CTOs, IT department heads and decision makers from the banking and finance sector, healthcare, oil and gas, and the government sectors.
The survey revealed that employees in all of the surveyed organisations were actively using multiple mobile devices such as notebooks, tablets, and smartphones. Survey respondents cited finding malware in an employee’s device is challenging. However, 95 percent of the respondents said their organisation had not suffered any security breaches in the past 12 months.
“The findings indicate that CIOs and IT departments are clearly concerned about the risks and challenges associated with increased use of mobile devices by employees,” said Andrew Lintell, Director of Sales, Identity Assurance, EMEA with HID Global. “However, it is encouraging to see that security and compliance is high on the agenda for organisations, even though they have not experienced any breaches in recent times.”
Further, the survey found that organisations have acknowledged that cloud-based storage services are widely used among employees. 34 percent of the respondents said that they strongly discouraged or prohibited users from using these services to access company data or services.
HID Global is set to demonstrate its ActivID Tap Authentication platform at the GITEX Technology Week, which would take place in Dubai World Trade Centre Convention Centre from October 18 to 22.