Employees Want Same Simple Access to Cloud Applications as Consumers

More employees are working remotely and pressure is mounting to make authentication stronger



New research from Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, found that the proliferation of cloud applications and use of a disparate range of devices within businesses has led to nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of IT leaders admitting that their security teams are considering implementing consumer-grade access to cloud services for employees.

Surveying more than 1,000 IT decision makers globally, Gemalto’s 2018 Identity and Access Management Index revealed that the majority (54 percent) believe that the authentication methods they implement in their businesses are not as good compared to those found on popular sites, including Amazon and Facebook.

With a growing number of cloud apps in use, more employees working remotely and pressure mounting to make authentication stronger, while ensuring ease of use, IT decision makers are keen to ‘consumerize’ the login process. In fact, 52 percent of IT professionals believe that authentication methods applied in the consumer world can be applied secure access to enterprise resources.

And, 51 percent of IT leaders expressed concern about employees reusing personal credentials for work.  At the same time, there seems to be increasing recognition that new approaches to cloud access can contribute to alleviating these issues. 55 percent of respondents believe that cloud access management can help simplify the login process for users, while 63 percent stated that a strong consideration for implementing a cloud access solution is the desire to reduce the threat of large-scale breaches.

The fact that 58 percent of respondents also stated that inefficient cloud identity management would be a key factor in adopting a cloud access management solution, shows that scalability and management overheads are also of high concern to IT professionals.

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