Se­cu­rity Con­cerns Emerge over Work­force Iden­ti­ties

Em­ployee ex­pec­ta­tions around us­abil­ity and mo­bil­ity are af­fect­ing how en­ter­prises ap­proach au­then­ti­ca­tion and ac­cess man­age­ment. Nearly half of the re­spon­dents stated that they are in­creas­ing re­sources and spend­ing on ac­cess man­age­ment. De­ploy­ment rates a

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Ge­malto re­cently re­leased the find­ings of its Au­then­ti­ca­tion and Iden­tity Man­age­ment In­dex, which re­vealed that 90% of en­ter­prise IT pro­fes­sion­als are con­cerned that em­ployee re­use of per­sonal cre­den­tials for work pur­poses could com­pro­mise se­cu­rity. How­ever, with two thirds (68%) say­ing they would be com­fort­able al­low­ing em­ploy­ees to use their so­cial me­dia cre­den­tials on com­pany re­sources, Ge­malto’s re­search sug­gests that per­sonal ap­pli­ca­tions (such as e-mail) are the big­gest worry for or­ga­ni­za­tions.

CON­VER­GENCE OF PER­SONAL AND WORK­PLACE IDEN­TI­TIES

The en­ter­prise and con­sumer worlds are merg­ing closer to­gether with en­ter­prise se­cu­rity teams un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure to im­ple­ment the same type of au­then­ti­ca­tion meth­ods; typ­i­cally seen in con­sumer ser­vices such as

fin­ger­print scan­ning and iris recog­ni­tion. Six in ten (62%) be­lieved this was the case, with a sim­i­lar amount (63%) re­veal­ing they feel se­cu­rity meth­ods de­signed for con­sumers pro­vide suf­fi­cient pro­tec­tion for en­ter­prises. In fact, over half of re­spon­dents (52%) be­lieve it will be just three years be­fore th­ese meth­ods merge com­pletely.

CON­SUMER BREACHES IM­PACT­ING EN­TER­PRISE SE­CU­RITY

Iden­tity theft ac­counts, for 64% of all data breaches across the globe, and con­sumer ser­vice breaches con­tinue to rise, re­sult­ing in al­most nine in ten (89%) en­ter­prises ad­dress­ing their ac­cess man­age­ment se­cu­rity poli­cies. Half of the en­ter­prises have im­ple­mented ex­tra train­ing (49%) to al­lay their se­cu­rity con­cerns, 47% in­creased se­cu­rity spend, and 44% al­lo­cated fur­ther re­sources.

Em­ployee ex­pec­ta­tions around us­abil­ity and mo­bil­ity are af­fect­ing how en­ter­prises ap­proach au­then­ti­ca­tion and ac­cess man­age­ment. Nearly half of the re­spon­dents stated that they are in­creas­ing re­sources and spend­ing on ac­cess man­age­ment. De­ploy­ment rates are also in­creas­ing: 62% ex­pect to im­ple­ment strong au­then­ti­ca­tion in two years’ time – up from 51% of re­spon­dents who said the same thing last year, and nearly 40% re­sponded will im­ple­ment Cloud SSO or IDaaS within the next two years.

En­ter­prises are clearly see­ing the ben­e­fits, with over nine in ten (94%) us­ing two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion to pro­tect at least one ap­pli­ca­tion and nearly all re­spon­dents (96%) ex­pected to use it at some point in the fu­ture.

MO­BIL­ITY SE­CU­RITY STILL A CHAL­LENGE

As more en­ter­prises be­come mo­bile, the chal­lenges in pro­tect­ing re­sources while in­creas­ing flex­i­bil­ity for em­ploy­ees work­ing on the move in­creases. De­spite an in­creas­ing amount of busi­nesses en­abling mo­bile work­ing, a third (35%) com­pletely re­stricted em­ploy­ees from ac­cess­ing com­pany re­sources via mo­bile de­vices and nine in ten (91%) are at least part-re­strict­ing ac­cess to re­sources. This is backed up as half of the busi­nesses (50%) ad­mit se­cu­rity is one of their big­gest con­cerns to in­creas­ing user mo­bil­ity.

In or­der to pro­tect them­selves against threats from in­creased mo­bil­ity, en­ter­prises are still most likely to be us­ing user­names and pass­words – two third of the users at re­spon­dents’ or­ga­ni­za­tions are us­ing this au­then­ti­ca­tion method, on an av­er­age. Cur­rently, 37% of users at re­spon­dents’ or­ga­ni­za­tions are re­quired to use two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion to ac­cess cor­po­rate re­sources from mo­bile de­vices. How­ever, like the rise for ac­cess while in the of­fice, on av­er­age, re­spon­dents be­lieve this will in­crease to over half (56%) in two years’ time.

“From cre­den­tial shar­ing to au­then­ti­ca­tion prac­tices, it’s clear that con­sumer trends are hav­ing a big im­pact on en­ter­prise se­cu­rity,” said François Las­nier, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Iden­tity Pro­tec­tion at Ge­malto. “But busi­nesses need to make sure their data isn’t com­pro­mised by bad per­sonal habits. It’s en­cour­ag­ing to see de­ploy­ment of two-fac­tor au­then­ti­ca­tion meth­ods on the rise, and in­creased aware­ness for cloud ac­cess man­age­ment, as th­ese are the most ef­fec­tive so­lu­tions for busi­nesses to se­cure cloud re­sources and pro­tect against in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal threats. For IT lead­ers, it’s im­por­tant that they keep push­ing for se­cu­rity to be a pri­or­ity at the board level, and en­sure that it’s front of mind for every­one in an or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

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