Managing Personal & Work Identities in the Office

By Samuel Greengard  |  Posted 2016-12-21 Email

The use of personal devices and personal accounts in the workplace has changed IT and enterprise security in profound ways. Today, employees think nothing of logging onto Facebook, Twitter and Instagram while at work, as well as accessing myriad other personal accounts, from banking and retailing to gaming and news. All of this introduces new opportunities and challenges for management. A recent report from digital security firm Gemalto, "Authentication and Identity Management Index," delves into this issue and offers insights into how organizations are coping with the convergence of personal and workplace identities. Among the key findings: Enterprise security teams are under mounting pressure to implement the same type of authentication methods typically seen in consumer services, such as fingerprint scanning and iris recognition; consumer breaches are impacting and shaping enterprise security; and managing mobility remains an enormous challenge for organizations. The company surveyed 1,150 IT decision-makers from around the world, and here are some of the key findings.

Samuel Greengard writes about business and technology for Baseline, CIO Insight and other publications. His most recent book is The Internet of Things (MIT Press, 2015).

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