It’s the beginning of the end of the password, suggests survey data from SecureAuth.
Conducted by Wakefield on SecureAuth’s behalf, the study surveyed over 200 US-based “IT decision makers”, according to a statement from SecureAuth. The results indicated that 69 percent of organizations will move beyond password-based security within the next five years.
Still, other results indicate some confusion about security issues. While 99 percent of respondents agreed that “two-factor authentication is the best way to protect an identity and its access,” 73 percent said that knowledge-based authentication is “the most essential measure” for enterprise security, despite the fact that such information can be easily compromised in a hack attack. And on average most organizations were found to be securing only 56 percent of their assets using multi-factor authentication.
It all points to the importance of efforts to raise digital literacy and awareness about digital security so that end users can keep pace with the rapid evolution of technology. And attitudes are changing: The survey also found that 55 percent of respondents listed biometric authentication as an essential security measure, for example; and support for such solutions could very well grow as the technology becomes increasingly popular in consumer devices.
October 13, 2016 – by Alex Perala