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Mobility Ratchets Up Risks

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2015-05-26
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    Mobility Ratchets Up Risks

    Mobility Ratchets Up Risks

    By Samuel Greengard

Mobility has created remarkable opportunities for business, industry and government, but it has also introduced growing risks. A new report from Aruba Networks, "Securing #GenMobile: Is Your Business Running the Risk?" reveals that the mindset of today's workforce is endangering security like never before. The examination of 11,500 workers in 23 countries found that security practices within many organizations are weak or ineffective. In addition, employee attitudes—particularly among younger workers—tilt toward a greater sharing of devices but an indifference to security. Interestingly, the risk to enterprise data security is most acute in highly regulated and tech-savvy industries, among higher-earning male workers, and in emerging markets. As Andy Phippen, professor of social responsibility in IT, at Plymouth University, noted in the forward of the report: "It is becoming increasingly apparent, particularly with the mainstream adoption of powerful mobile computing, that there is a blurring between the workplace and social life."

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).
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