Android mobile OS among the biggest concerns in enterprise mobility
A recent survey of IT decision makers in the Middle East by Aruba Networks revealed that the adoption of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies by businesses in the region is accelerating, but that security concerns remain the biggest obstacle to adaptation
The survey found that nearly 60 percent of organisations either already support BYOD or intend to do so in the near future. A general lack of preparedness in managing employee mobile devices is holding back broader adoption, the study revealed.
Among the main security threats to enterprise mobility, the perceived vulnerabilities associated with the Android operating system was the highest at 40 percent. Device theft or loss was second at 31 percent. According to Aruba Networks, these concerns can be effectively mitigated if appropriate mobile management solutions are implemented.
“While the workforce is clearly eager and ready to embrace mobility, employers in the Middle East are scrambling to catch up,” said Bashar Bashaireh, regional director, Gulf and Pakistan, Aruba Networks Middle East. “They need to have measures in place to secure mobile devices and applications in a systematic and scalable manner. We are seeing the emergence of a breed of workforce dubbed ‘GenMobile’. This generation is blending work and play via their mobile devices and will further accelerate the need for IT to respond.”
Given that security remains a top priority for any mobility deployment, organisations also need to look into diversifying their tools for monitoring mobile networks and their usage, so that they can address every potential vulnerability, he added.