The evolution of BYOD security in a mobile-first world

Bitglass’ research team surveyed 200 IT and security professionals at a national Gartner conference to learn more about the evolution of BYOD security in a mobile-first world.

BYOD security mobile-first world

According to the 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.

“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 next-gen, data-centric solutions that secure access.”

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.

BYOD security mobile-first world

Key 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.