VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW), a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, today announced new research showing nearly half of IT decision makers (49 per cent) are under so much pres­­­­­­sure to deliver on business mobility, they’re willing to take calculated risks on the security of organisational data. Almost two-thirds, (63 per cent) say the benefits of a mobile business outweigh any potential security issues, such as a data breach. The findings show the urgency UAE businesses are facing when it comes to digitally transforming for a competitive advantage.


At a time where businesses are under increasing pressure to innovate and change their working processes, the findings, from specialist market research agency Vanson Bourne and sponsored by VMware, show well over three quarters (81 per cent) of the IT community across Middle East state it is their employees who are pushing for more mobility – and almost half (44 per cent) believe a lack of mobile working is holding back their productivity. Meeting the demand for mobility naturally means making staff as agile as possible, but organisations need to find a way to do this, while taking control of security processes.

The pressure to increase productivity is being felt from the top down. According to the research, which polled 250 office workers across Middle East, well over a third (40 per cent) of employees frequently override their organisation’s mobile policies in order to be more productive in the way they work. Critically, two thirds (66 per cent) of IT leaders said C-Level executives are putting pressure on them to access corporate data from their own mobile devices, even when this access goes against corporate policies. Granting this access is at the heart of the issue – 61 per cent  are concerned there is a perceived security risk in letting employees work off their own devices, with 54 per cent saying it is the greatest vulnerability for a cyber attack.

“Simply put, there can be no digital transformation without mobility. That means organisations are under increasing pressure to drive their businesses forward and innovate and are taking short-term risks in security in order to make staff and operations as agile as possible,” comments Ian Evans, Vice President End User Computing EMEA & Managing Director, AirWatch EMEA at VMware.  “The great news is that there doesn’t have to be a compromise between mobility or security, but it’s about the power of ‘and’. With a software-defined architecture, security can be built into the application, inside the network, at the user and content level. This means organisations can adopt the secure digital workspace, letting users access the data they need, according to their role, on any device, so businesses can be as mobile as they like without compromising on security.”

Employees themselves admit they aren’t as stringent at protecting organisational data on their corporate devices as they are the data on their personal ones. A third (33 per cent) said they take greater care of securing data on their own device than the information on their corporate one. When it came to mobile working, less than half 44 per cent of employees are aware of all the mobile policies their organisation has in place, so they don’t even know if they could be in breach of them.

“IT departments need to be looking for solutions that mean they don’t have to walk this fine line or risk the security of their data,” adds Evans. “With our mobile management technologies, VMware gives employees the ability to access the corporate data needed to do their jobs – from any device, while the IT team has a full oversight and control of which employees have access to which applications, meaning they no longer need to compromise on enabling true business mobility.”


About the research

Specialist market research agency Vanson Bourne polled 1,700 IT decision makers and 3,500 office workers in companies with 1,000+ employees in the UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Nordics (Sweden, Norway, and Denmark), Russia & The Middle East (Saudi Arabia and UAE) using a hybrid approach of telephone and online interviewing during March 2016.


About VMware

VMware is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and business mobility. Built on VMware's industry-leading virtualization technology, our solutions deliver a brave new model of IT that is fluid, instant and more secure. Customers can innovate faster by rapidly developing, automatically delivering and more safely consuming any application. With 2015 revenues of $6.6 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.


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Source: The Portsmouth Group