Lack of knowledge around biometrics apparent – but could they be coming to a workplace near you?

A new piece of research from employee software provider TSheets shows a worrying lack of knowledge around what biometric data represents – and concern over how it may be used.

The survey collated responses from 500 US residents and asked them what they thought contained biometric data. The answers offered to respondents were DNA, facial photographs, fingerprints, hand geometry, iris scan, and retina scan. Of course, participants should have selected all of those options – but 37.3% opted for...

By James Bourne, 08 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Employee Education, Employees, Identity, Security.

The shortcomings of single sign-on in the age of information security

Why is it so difficult for companies to properly manage employee access to the online tools and services they are using? Here, we will walk you through the challenges that companies face when it comes to managing employee access, present the most common solutions, and give you an idea of why we need to take a step further than single sign-on.

Managing user access via Excel: Band-Aid on a gunshot wound

Let’s build a simple scenario; a small (by US standards) company of 100 people uses at the very least...

By Matos Kapetanakis, 05 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity.

Worldwide security spending to hit $96bn in 2018, says Gartner

Global security spending will hit $96.3 billion in 2018 at an increase of 8% from this year, according to the latest figures from Gartner.

The analyst firm puts security spending for 2018 into five buckets; security services, which comprises the majority (60%) of the overall market, followed by infrastructure protection (18.1% market share at $17.5bn), network security equipment (12.1% share at $11.7bn), consumer security software (4.9%, $4.7bn) and identity access management (4.9%, $4.7bn).

To give an...

By James Bourne, 11 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

Gemalto’s new platform aims to safeguard enterprise data any time, anywhere

Security provider Gemalto has launched a centralised cloud-based services platform to help enterprises safeguard data, meet compliance mandates, and secure crucial information any time and from anywhere.

According to the company, SafeNet Data Protection On Demand helps resolve issues related to cost and complexity of shielding data by providing a single data security-as-a-service platform. The platform can easily integrate with the existing IT systems, DevOps tools and cloud services to protect wherever data...

By Enterprise CIO, 06 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Identity, IoT, Security.

One in four companies only use passwords as BYOD defence, research finds

Here’s a worrying security statistic in research released today by Bitglass: one quarter of organisations use passwords only for BYOD security.

The research, which took its cue from more than 200 IT and security professionals surveyed at a recent Gartner conference, found that external sharing was the leading cloud security concern for those polled, cited by 45%. Other security scares include malware protection (40%) and unmanaged device access (40%).

For those who do use multi-factor authentication to...

By James Bourne, 02 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, BYOD, Identity, Privacy, Security.

Zoho aims to offer more seamless password experience while ensuring security

Zoho, a business cloud software provider, has announced the addition of SAML (Security Assertion Markup Language)-based single sign on support for Vault, its team password manager, to enable greater cloud access.

The theory behind it is straightforward; by accessing Zoho Vault, users can access a variety of other applications directly, while IT has total visibility over user access, tracking, and accountability. Apps supported include Salesforce, Microsoft Office 365, Zendesk and Box, while Zoho Vault can...

By James Bourne, 23 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity.

New research shows how IT is lax on basic password protection policies

If you’re not enforcing strong passwords on your employees, then you could be at risk of a breach going well into seven figures to remediate it. Yet according to new data from OneLogin, a quarter of companies surveyed don’t even require user passwords to meet a minimum length requirement.

The study, which polled more than 500 US-based executives with influence over their firm’s security systems, also found a minority require users to rotate their passwords monthly (24%) or check them against...

By James Bourne, 06 October 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Identity.

VMware expands Mobile Security Alliance to include six new members

VMware is expanding the Mobile Security Alliance (MSA) with six new members coming on board to help organisations protect their information at the device, user, app, and data level.

The move, announced at VMworld Europe, sees Bay Dynamics, CipherCloud, Entrust Datacard Corporation, Gurucul, Intercede, and Kaymera join the alliance. The 10 current entrants are Appthority, Check Point, FireEye, Lookout, Palo Alto Networks, Pradeo, Proofpoint, Skycure, Veracode and Zimperium.

To give an idea about the breadth of...

By James Bourne, 12 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Security.

Adobe and Microsoft expand partnership to include e-signatures and collaboration

Adobe and Microsoft have announced they are expanding their collaboration with the two companies becoming each other’s preferred providers on a variety of use cases.

Adobe Sign will become the preferred e-signature solution across the Microsoft portfolio, while Microsoft Teams while be the preferred collaboration services for Adobe Creative Cloud, Document Cloud and Experience Cloud, and Adobe will make Azure its preferred cloud platform for Adobe Sign. The overall portfolio includes the 100 million...

By James Bourne, 08 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, Identity, Productivity.

EyeLock enters into licence agreement with Qualcomm for mobile security suite

EyeLock, an iris-based identity authentication technology provider, has entered into a licence agreement with Qualcomm Technologies for Qualcomm Mobile Security.

The company, a subsidiary of VOXX International Corporation, is developing iris authentication solutions that are designed to work with Qualcomm’s Mobile Security suite, and to benefit OEMs across the entire IoT spectrum from one of the secured iris authentication implementations available in the market.

The Qualcomm Mobile Security is...

By Enterprise CIO, 04 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Authentication, Identity, Security.