Workers' mobility restricted by security concerns
Organisations are failing to meet demands for greater mobility, with 92 per cent of IT department’s worldwide restricting users from accessing corporate resources from mobile devices due to security concerns, according to a survey by Gemalto.
The global survey of over 900 IT decision makers showed that almost all respondents (94 per cent) were concerned that their organisation would be breached or hacked as a result of credential theft or compromise.
Matched against the number of employees within a company, the survey found that for an organisation with more than 5,000 employees, there exists on average more than 8,500 mobile end points.
This is fuelling appetite for two factor-authentication, with 84 per cent of UK decision makers expecting that their organisation’s use of this technology will expand in the future to alleviate security concerns.
François Lasnier, senior vice president for Identity Protection at Gemalto, said: “The pressure is on for IT departments to accommodate demands for greater mobility as employees crave new and flexible approaches to working. Organisations that are not open to this change are very likely to be inhibiting business productivity.
“Users are likely to do what it takes to get the job done, with or without permission, so when corporate resources are scattered across different sites, the need for strong authentication and as-a-service delivery will serve vital functions in making this happen securely.
“In doing so, organisations will be better placed to protect the identities of their users, without sacrificing on productivity or data protection.
“The growing use of cloud applications and mobile devices within organisations, combined with rising threats, and the need to reduce costs, require entirely new considerations for access control. Clearly there is an immediate need for authentication and access management solutions that can help organisations solve these challenges.”