Is EMEA suffering from 'security fatigue'?

Is EMEA suffering from 'security fatigue'?

Although workers in EMEA understand security risks and consequences, they are taking less action than their global counterparts. This is according to a recent report by networking solutions provider Aruba, which highlighted that staff in EMEA consider cybersecurity as an afterthought and don't worry about legislative compliance compared with other regions.

Surveying more than 2,500 employees across EMEA, Aruba found that over half (55 per cent) didn't regularly think about cybersecurity, and nearly a fifth (17 per cent) didn't think about it at all. This is very different from workers in Asia and the Americas, who Aruba says think about cybersecurity often or daily (61 per cent and 51 per cent respectively).

The company believes EMEA workers' lack of action could be down to ‘security fatigue', brought on by over-exposure to security rules with little technical assistance.

"Security fatigue is a state of exhaustion that sets in among workers who are constantly presented with new security messaging, tools and procedures, along with constant media coverage of breaches and threats by the media," says Gamal Emara, Country Manager - UAE at Aruba.

"Inundated with this information, it's easy to see how workers could think that it's impossible to avoid a breach and would pay less attention to security checks that ultimately slow down their working day. As the influx of data from mobile, cloud and IoT devices continues to flood the network, security teams find it almost impossible to keep on top of all of the data that they need to secure, which adds to the problem," he notes.

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Keri Allan

Keri Allan is a freelance journalist and editor who has been covering the engineering and technology sector for over 15 years, writing for titles including E&T Magazine, The Engineer and Arabian Computer News.

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