Capgemini and RSA have teamed up on research into the abilities of organisations in secureing online identities and the results are, well….not good. Actually, pretty bad.
After surveying over 800 C-level staff in the US, UK, Germany, France, Benelux and the Nordics, it turns out only one in five (21%) organisations are equipped to securely manage user identities.
There were some differences across nations, with only 15% of organisations in the UK being equipped to support secure and convenient access for all types of users, compared to 49% of organisations based in the US, 25% in France, 17% in Germany and 15% in Benelux & Nordics.
Capgemini and RSA conclude that organisations are under-investing in cybersecurity as they jump at the latest digital opportunities. However these organisations are happy to pay lip service to the needs of security, with 84% of respondents acknowledging the need to offer more flexible, adaptive authentication methods and IDs. Whether this translates into a reality as the technology becomes more accessible is another question.
Jim Ducharme, Vice President of Identity Products at RSA, told us “As organisations extend to the cloud they must ensure they have solutions in place that address the risk and threats associated with assuring user identities. These solutions must understand who is accessing what; manage that access effectively; and control access across the various cloud services. These elements are absolutely essential to giving the organisation the assurance that users are who they say they are in a cloud environment.”
So we may be abnout to see companies shift towards addressing this issue – better late than never – with budget rises for security measures being reported at 68% of the companies surveyed.