Latest Okta report showcases increased enterprise need for security apps and tools

The latest Businesses @ Work report from identity management provider Okta has revealed many of the fastest growing apps in the enterprise are based around security – and suggests that GDPR may be behind the renewed push.

Of the 15 fastest growing apps in the Okta network last year, seven were based around security. These were, in order of popularity, Jamf, KnowBe4, Cisco Umbrella, DigiCert, Sophos, Mimecast and CloudFlare.

Writing in an official company blog, Okta CEO Todd McKinnon argues that the various data breaches in 2017, from Equifax to Uber and Yahoo, would naturally give organisations more of a scare. “It should come as no surprise that security was a top priority for businesses in 2017,” wrote McKinnon. “But given the ever-increasing number of cyberattacks, there’s still room for businesses to bolster their first line of defence by rethinking traditional password and multi-factor authentication policies.

“If security is the Achilles’ heel of modern enterprise, then businesses must put in the herculean effort to protect themselves.”

On the subject of passwords, the report found that more than half (50.5%) of passwords analysed were fewer than eight characters in length. 36% are between eight and 10, with 13% being longer. Only 4.4% of organisations analysed had password strength of at least eight characters, one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, and one number as their default policy. According to Okta, by enforcing this process, the threat of a password being uncovered could take almost 7,000 years.

Microsoft Office 365 remains by far the most popular enterprise app, with Salesforce on its own in second and Amazon Web Services, G Suite and Box rounding out the top five. When it came to measuring apps by new monthly active users, Office 365 was even further in front, ahead of Workday, ServiceNow, Salesforce and G Suite.

The report notes, however, that Google’s G Suite is besting Microsoft in three-month, six-month and year over year rankings. This is a subject with which this publication has long been interested. At Google Cloud Next back in March, Nick McQuire, VP enterprise at CCS Insight, saw first hand the company’s enterprise initiatives, the ‘dizzying’ level of announcements and the progress made under the leadership of Diane Greene.

“While Office 365 has had the lead in terms of popularity, this year’s report reminds us that the email race is never over,” the Okta report affirms. “It appears G Suite’s renewed focus this year on the enterprise is paying off.”

You can read the full report here.

 

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