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One in Four Rely on User-Generated Passwords to Secure BYOD Access

Due to lack of security policies, organizations leave systems exposed to the threat of compromised credentials resulting in unauthorized access.

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Bitglass announced the findings of its BYOD and Identity research report, which includes insights from more than 200 IT and security professionals surveyed at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo conference.

According to Bitglass’ research, one in four organizations lack some form of multi-factor authentication when securing BYOD, which is consistent with well-known enterprise security gaps. Using compromised passwords to control access and single-factor authentication has resulted in several high-profile data breaches in recent months. Enterprises have since turned to technology as a means of solving the secure identity management challenge.

“The BYOD boom, driven by the need for collaboration and mobile access, is radically changing the security landscape,” said Rich Campagna, CEO of Bitglass. “Enterprises need to focus on data-centric and device agnostic security so that access to critical data is tightly controlled wherever it goes.”

The report also found that a majority of IT and security professionals have reservations about Apple’s Face ID technology as a viable method of secure mobile authentication. Traditional authentication methods like passcodes, PIN codes, and fingerprint recognition are familiar and trusted by enterprises, while facial recognition technologies remain unproven.

Key Report Findings:

  • 60 percent of respondents had reservations about Apple’s Face ID technology -- Top Apple Face ID concerns included accuracy of face detection (40 percent), prevention of unauthorized access (30 percent), and speed of face detection (24 percent).

  • External sharing was rated the leading security concern for professionals surveyed (45 percent).

  • Also listed as top security concerns were malware protection (40 percent) and unmanaged device access (40 percent), indicating that organizations are doubling down on protecting data beyond the corporate network.

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