Proofpoint Survey Middle East

Threat Report

A study of employee cybersecurity awareness in the Middle East

The cyber threat landscape in the Middle East is rapidly evolving, with cybercriminals increasingly targeting people rather than infrastructure.

Employees across all job levels and functions can put organizations at risk in numerous ways, from using weak passwords and sharing credentials to clicking on malicious links and downloading unauthorized applications. In addition, the “work from anywhere” reality, driven by the pandemic, has widened organizations’ attack surfaces.

To better understand how people-centric cyberattacks are impacting organizations and where the issues relating to data security lie, Proofpoint commissioned a survey of 1,000 working adults across the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Saudi Arabia (KSA).

The study explores four key areas:

  • The level of cyber risk for UAE/KSA employees
  • Employee awareness of common cyber threats
  • Where cybersecurity responsibility lies
  • How UAE/KSA employees may contribute to the growing risk of insider threats

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