Report highlights the top BYOD and cloud security priorities for organizations

Published: Friday, 03 November 2017 08:12

Bitglass, the Total Data Protection company, has 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 organisations do not have multi-factor authentication (MFA) methods in place to secure BYOD – a well-known enterprise security gap. Simply using passwords – i.e. single-factor authentication – to control user access to corporate data, has resulted in several high-profile data breaches in recent months, including Zomato, Deloitte and Microsoft. 

“Enterprises often misjudge the effectiveness of traditional security solutions, many of which are readily bypassed,” said Rich Campagna, CEO, Bitglass. “The BYOD boom exposes organizations to risks that can only be mitigated with data-centric solutions that secure access.”

The report highlights the top cloud security priorities for organizations. BYOD security and access are clear concerns, as external sharing (45 percent), malware protection (40 percent) and unmanaged BYOD access (40 percent) came out on top. In order to meet these needs, organizations will need to adopt new security solutions. While three quarters of respondents already have encryption and on-premise firewalls in place to protect corporate data, more are starting to deploy Secure Web Gateways and cloud access security brokers.

Bitglass’ survey also found that some organizations still have concerns with the newest user authentication methods. The report found that 61 percent of IT and security professionals surveyed have reservations about Apple’s Face ID technology as a viable method of BYOD authentication. While, traditional authentication methods like passcodes, PIN codes, and fingerprint recognition are familiar and trusted by enterprises, facial recognition technologies remain unproven.

Read the survey report (registration required).