Most organizations plan to adopt new authentication solutions within two years

Enabling mobile device authentication with biometric-based access is the best approach to eliminate passwords, according to MobileIron.

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Percentage of respondents identifying types of authentication technology as “passwordless”

This approach creates a “best of both worlds” scenario that ensures easy deployment, high security, and improved user productivity.

EMA surveyed 150 IT and security managers and looked at a wave of technologies—including device authentication, software and hardware tokens, authentication keys, biometrics, behavioral analysis, certificates, and other approaches—that have emerged to provide alternatives to traditional password-based login processes.

The report revealed that companies are poised to enter a world powered by zero password access to business services. Below are a few key findings:

  • More than 90% of respondents indicated their organization experienced a significant password policy violation in the last year.
  • Mobile device authentication solutions were determined to be the easiest of all identity management technologies to deploy, while one-time passwords were indicated to be the most challenging.
  • Half of respondents believe passwordless approaches to authentication were more secure than passwords.
  • Enabling mobile device authentication with biometric-based access creates a “best of both worlds” scenario that ensures easy deployment, high security, and improved user productivity.

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Percentage of respondents indicating types of identity management technologies currently in use in their organization

“This research serves as a further proof point that mobile devices are the future of secure access to the enterprise,” said Rhonda Shantz, Chief Marketing Officer at MobileIron.

“Enabling mobile device authentication with biometric-based access solves the urgent problems associated with overreliance on traditional password authentication practices and showcases the importance of mobile security as part of a digital transformation.”

EMA’s research results indicate there is a particular opportunity for platforms that utilize low-friction access technologies such as biometrics, as they enable organizations to leverage existing resources without incurring substantial deployment efforts or related costs.

“By marrying mobile device authentication with low-friction authentication solutions, organizations achieve eminent support for security, user performance, and deployment all in one unified platform,” said Steve Brasen, research director of endpoint and identity management at EMA.