Mobile Device Authentication with Biometric-Based Access Bridges the Gap Between High-Security and Low-Friction, According to New Research

Jul 01, 2019

EMA research, sponsored by MobileIron, reveals mobile devices are the future of digital ID; 84% of organizations plan to adopt new authentication solutions within next two years

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 1, 2019 - MobileIron (NASDAQ:MOBL), the company that introduced the industry’s first mobile-centric, zero trust platform for the enterprise, today announced the results of a research report that found enabling mobile device authentication with biometric-based access is the best approach to eliminate passwords. This approach creates a “best of both worlds” scenario that ensures easy deployment, high security, and improved user productivity.

MobileIron sponsored the EMA report, “Passwordless Authentication: Bridging the Gap Between High-Security and Low-Friction Identity Management,” to identify the requirements, challenges, value, and optimal approaches to introducing passwordless authentication solutions.

EMA surveyed 150 IT and security managers and looked at a wave of technologies—including device authentication, software and hardware tokens, authentication keys, biometrics, behavioral analysis, certificates, and other approaches—that have emerged to provide alternatives to traditional password-based login processes.

The report revealed that companies are poised to enter a world powered by zero password access to business services. Below are a few key findings:

  1. More than 90% of respondents indicated their organization experienced a significant password policy violation in the last year.
  2. Mobile device authentication solutions were determined to be the easiest of all identity management technologies to deploy, while one-time passwords were indicated to be the most challenging.
  3. Half of respondents believe passwordless approaches to authentication were more secure than passwords.
  4. Enabling mobile device authentication with biometric-based access creates a “best of both worlds” scenario that ensures easy deployment, high security, and improved user productivity.

“This research serves as a further proof point that mobile devices are the future of secure access to the enterprise,” said Rhonda Shantz, Chief Marketing Officer at MobileIron. “Enabling mobile device authentication with biometric-based access solves the urgent problems associated with overreliance on traditional password authentication practices and showcases the importance of mobile security as part of a digital transformation.”

MobileIron recently introduced the industry’s first mobile-centric, zero trust security platform. It includes a revolutionary zero sign-on experience built on the company’s leading unified endpoint management (UEM) platform and powered by the MobileIron Access solution.

EMA’s research results indicate there is a particular opportunity for platforms that utilize low-friction access technologies such as biometrics, as they enable organizations to leverage existing resources without incurring substantial deployment efforts or related costs. “By marrying mobile device authentication with low-friction authentication solutions, organizations achieve eminent support for security, user performance, and deployment all in one unified platform,” said Steve Brasen, research director of endpoint and identity management at EMA.

To download a complimentary copy of the EMA survey results, please visit here.

About MobileIron

MobileIron is redefining enterprise security with the industry’s first mobile-centric, zero trust platform built on the foundation of unified endpoint management (UEM) to secure access and protect data across the perimeter-less enterprise. Over 17,000 customers, including the world’s largest financial institutions, intelligence agencies, and other highly regulated companies rely on MobileIron to enable a seamless and secure user experience by ensuring only authorized users, devices, apps, and services can access business resources. For more information, visit www.mobileiron.com.

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