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Tuesday, 17 November 2015 12:26

Passwords are no longer fit for purpose

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Getting rid of passwords and putting new identity security software in place is a top priority for IT decision makers in UK, France and Germany.

A new survey in to the attitudes around security for IT decision makers across UK, France and Germany from identity security company, Ping Identity, found prioritising digital transformation and specifically putting new identity security software in place to replace conventional password solutions was considered either a top priority or a key priority by 84% of European IT decision makers (ITDMs).

The reason they’re looking for new solutions is the majority (65%) either strongly agree or agree that passwords are no longer fit for purpose and unfortunately 86% of respondents are still using passwords as the basis of their current access management solutions.

The research revealed a clear desire to remove passwords and move to new innovative technologies, including multi-factor authentication and fingerprint scanning. With only 5% of respondents stating there were no barriers to adopting new technologies, several roadblocks were cited as key:

  • Budget restrictions: 57%
  • Time restrictions: 28%
  • Compliance reasons: 24% of UK respondents

Such barriers must be broken down, as 61% of European ITDMs believe that investing and adopting in Identity Defined Security technologies is a necessity, not a luxury, for business security, agility and growth.

The majority of respondents across Europe said that the main reason for wanting to roll out more secure identity-defined technologies was to put security at the heart of the business. Furthermore, 56% said that they would consider rolling out technologies such as multi-factor authentication and fingerprint scanning, because these are now proven, credible technologies that can bolster and enhance business security for the future.

Phil Allen, VP of sales, Ping Identity EMEA commented, “It is clear that IT decision makers throughout Europe face significant barriers to making the changes needed to safeguard employee identity, and this is a real cause for concern. The transition to Identity Defined Security software and to digitally transforming the business, should not be borne by the IT department alone. Buy-in from the board, CEO and other key stakeholders within a business is imperative to ensure that we move from the password era, into a more secure, ‘identity-defined’ future.”

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