The 2013 Norton Report, released today, also indicates that the average cost per victim has reduced by 24 percent in the UAE over the past year, bucking the worldwide trend. Between July 4 and August 1, 2013, Edelman Berland conducted online interviews with 13,022 adults, aged between 18 and 64 and across 24 countries – including Saudi Arabia and the UAE.
However, although attacks are decreasing, the risk of cybercrime has not diminished.
“Today’s cybercriminals are using more sophisticated attacks, such as ransomware and spear-phishing, which yield more money per attack than ever before,” says Tamim Taufiq, OEM and ISP lead for Symantec in the Middle East region, Turkey and Africa.
“Fifty-five percent of consumers in the UAE [as revealed in the Norton Report] use their personal mobile device for both work and play, this creates entirely new security risks for enterprises, as cybercriminals have the potential to access more valuable information.”
The report also found that despite the fact that nearly half of global smartphone users care enough about their devices to sleep with them, they are not protecting their devices. Forty-eight percent of mobile device users globally – and 41 percent in the UAE – do not take even basic precautions, such as using passwords and having security software or backing up files for their mobile devices. This carelessness places them and their digital identities at risk.
“If this was a test, mobile consumers in the UAE would be failing,” adds Taufiq. “While consumers are protecting their computers, there is a general lack of awareness to safeguard their smartphones and tablets. It’s as if they have alarm systems for their homes, but they’re leaving their cars unlocked with the windows wide open.”
• 50 percent of smartphone users have experienced mobile cybercrime in the past 12 months
• 56 percent of mobile users are not aware that security solutions for mobile devices exist
• 55 percent of working adults use their personal device for both work and play, while 58 percent of working adults access or send personal emails through their work device
• 31 percent of social network users do not log out after each session
• 73 percent of adults use public or unsecured WiFi and 70 percent of WiFi users use public or unsecure WiFi to access their social networks
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