Security Fears Delay Mobility Initiatives

By Tony Kontzer
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    Security Fears Delay Mobility Initiatives

    Security Fears Delay Mobility Initiatives

    Despite pervasive reliance on mobile tech, the vast majority of companies are grappling with security concerns related to mobile access to data and applications.

As mobility continues to sweep through the business world, users are taking whatever steps they have to—with or without management permission—to access the data and applications they need to do their job. This demand for anytime/anywhere access to information resources has left IT leaders struggling to maintain security controls over an environment that's increasingly difficult to monitor and rules that are even more difficult to enforce. Such are the findings of digital security vendor Gemalto's recently released "2015 Global Authentication and Identity Access Management Index," a global survey of 900 IT leaders. "The pressure is on for IT departments to accommodate demands for greater mobility, as employees crave new and flexible approaches to working," said François Lasnier, senior vice president of identity protection at Gemalto. "Organizations that are not open to this change are very likely to be inhibiting business productivity." Based on the survey results, it appears that most companies are working to solve this issue, but they're being careful to do so in a way that minimizes further complexity. Specifically, in order to combat the fear of breaches, a growing number of organizations are turning to centralized, cloud-based authentication tools to help reduce their risk, while still enabling the business.

This article was originally published on 2015-12-18
Tony has been writing about the intersection of technology and business for more than 20 years and currently freelances from the Grass Valley, Calif., home where he and his wife are raising their two boys. A 1988 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism and regular contributor to Baseline since 2007, Tony's somewhat infrequent Twitter posts can be found at http://twitter.com/tkontzer.
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