Cisco Saudi Arabia User Security Survey: 73% of respondents are concerned

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Cisco security experts warn against not paying attention to cybersecurity at home and on personal devices

54% of respondents said that cybercrime that Companies are targeting them to realize that their personal data is more vulnerable now than it was

a month ago

However, 69% of them use their personal phones to manage Work tasks 61% use unsecured public internet to perform basic work tasks

29% of respondents do not use or do not know MFAmulti-factor authentication

Prior to its participation in the Black Hat Cyber ​​Security Conference that will be held from November 15-17, 2022 in Riyadh, Cisco revealed the results of its latest security survey for customers in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The survey, which included respondents from all over the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, revealed interesting trends about device security amid a significant acceleration in digital transformation across the Kingdom.

Fadi Younes, Head of Cyber ​​Security at Cisco in the Middle East commented Middle East and Africa and Service Providers Division EMEA: “The Cisco KSA Survey gave us insight into the general behaviors and security approaches of the hybrid workplace. With the pandemic accelerating the spread of the hybrid business model and facilitating remote access to business data, many issues have emerged that users need to be aware of, as we have noticed that insider threats are becoming an increasingly common part of the chain of cyber attacks. And the smallest data leaks can have significant negative impacts on the electronic safety of individuals.”

He added: “The line between work and home is becoming blurred today, as we see the application of habits used in personal activities when performing tasks Work is growing and it is a big threat to companies. Although companies cannot completely eliminate the factor of human error, they are able to mitigate it. They therefore have to keep data securely in the cloud and allow access to it via Zero Trust methods and align access to that data to individual needs and contexts.”

Using personal devices to perform business tasks

With the spread of hybrid work and intense cyber threats, the survey was conducted with the aim of understanding the behaviors followed in dealing with cyber security at home. The results in the Kingdom revealed a huge number of people who frequently use their personal devices to perform work tasks such as sending emails (67%) and making business calls frequently (66%). Only 35% of the respondents indicated that they have never talked about work tasks or worked on work documents through their personal devices.

The majority of the more than 1,006 respondents surveyed in the Kingdom indicated that they own of three or more connected devices and that they share at least one connected device with another person in the home. Amid the global escalation of cybercrime at all levels, respondents seemed to be concerned about these threats, with 73% of them indicating their concern about the penetration of their personal devices. As more connected devices are being shared in the home, 72% of them have updated their passwords in the past six months, the highest percentage in EMEA.

Risk is not just a factor in the home Many people are now working in public places or logging in to work tasks on the go. Many people’s always-on mentality means that they take risks when choosing to connect over public and untrusted networks. 56% of respondents in the Kingdom frequently use public networks to perform personal tasks and 61% of them use them to perform basic business tasks.

Misunderstanding of security measures

Usernames and passwords have never been an effective way to avoid cyberthreats before, so adding multi-factor authentication to accounts is a very simple way to add an extra, powerful layer of protection for accessing information.

With However, 29% of the survey respondents from the Kingdom do not use or do not know what multi-factor authentication is. And since nearly every smartphone has fingerprint or facial recognition technology, consumers are choosing to use biometrics rather than passcodes to open and log into apps on their personal devices. Companies have an opportunity to take advantage of this technology that employees already have in place to drive adoption of robust multi-factor authentication at work.

Cybersecurity Fundamentals Learning Gap

A major challenge is the Bridging cybersecurity gaps is educating millions of people in a consistent way. When respondents were asked where they turn for advice on internet and hardware security behaviors, the answers were mostly that they turn to friends and family (50%) or social media (48%).

That personal advice and opinions about cybersecurity lead to a failure to take the right preventive measures. It may seem to the average person that it is unlikely that their home WiFi network will be hacked or that their data may be stolen while using a public network. However, it takes one window of opportunity and a very short time window to gain access to the information that cybercriminals need to gather. Europe, Middle East and Africa” responses of more than 8,000 respondents from eight countries across Europe, Middle East and Africa, of whom 1,006 users were surveyed in Saudi Arabia during August 2022. 51% of respondents in that period were employed full-time and 16% part-time and the rest of the respondents were either unemployed, students, housewives, or had their own business. Regardless of employment status, more than half of the survey respondents said that corporate cybercrime made them aware that their personal data was more vulnerable now than it was 12 months ago.

The survey was conducted in August 2022 by Census Wide.

Cisco at the Black Hat Cyber ​​Security Conference Black Hat MEA

Cisco is the strategic sponsor of the Black Hat Conference, which is supported by the Saudi Federation for Cyber ​​Security and Programming (SAFCSP). At its stand, Cisco will display the latest innovations in its security solutions portfolio. As part of Cisco’s program of events at the conference, Lothar Rayner, General Manager, Cyber ​​Security, Cisco EMEA, will present Cisco’s vision for enhancing security resilience through Zero Trust approaches.