Intelligent CIO Africa Issue 21 - Page 21

//////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// TRENDING WORKERS ACROSS EMEA SHOWING SECURITY FATIGUE, SAYS ARUBA A new study shows that workers across Europe, Middle East and Africa understand security risks and consequences, but are taking less action than global counterparts. D espite being fully aware of security risks following the introduction of high-profile legislation like GDPR, workers in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) have the worst cybersecurity discipline in the world and displaying signs of ‘security fatigue’, according to a study by Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. Conducted to understand how the digital workplace is impacting businesses, the study of 2,650 employees across EMEA threw up some key security-based trends: • Cybersecurity is an afterthought: Over half (55%) of EMEA employees are not regularly thinking about cybersecurity, with nearly a fifth (17%) not thinking about it at all. In contrast, global counterparts in Asia and the Americas think about cybersecurity on a far more regular basis (61% and 51% respectively think about it often or daily) • Legislation isn’t a deterrent: EMEA employees were more aware of the dangers of a security breach. When asked, 42% understood that data loss brought legal ramifications, higher than both the Americas (36%) and Asia (27%). However, the study shows despite this, a quarter (26%) still don’t believe cybersecurity is important to them. Combined with the fact that the use of security software is lower in EMEA (48%) than other regions, there are clear signs that security warnings are not being acknowledged by the workforce • Lack of responsibility: EMEA may simply be assuming less responsibility for IT security than those in other regions. Over a third (36%) of employees in EMEA don’t believe cybersecurity is their problem, with many thinking it’s for the leadership team (10%) or the IT team (26%) to manage. “ OVER HALF (55%) OF EMEA EMPLOYEES ARE NOT REGULARLY THINKING ABOUT CYBERSECURITY, WITH NEARLY A FIFTH (17%) NOT THINKING ABOUT IT AT ALL. INTELLIGENTCIO 21