As the adoption of cloud-based applications increase and more IT departments embrace BYOD, employees, contractors, partners and customers are all accessing corporate applications and data from multiple devices across all global regions. The resulting benefits — productivity gains, customer satisfaction, cost savings and greater efficiency — are met by an increased security risk of exposing sensitive personal and corporate information.
As a result of the proliferation of BYOD, a recent survey of enterprises managing a total of 4.5 million global identities uncovered that 42 percent of IT decision-makers at enterprise-sized businesses are significantly concerned about the security of applications — and the data stored within them — like SharePoint and Salesforce when they are accessed via mobile devices.
Enterprises are left to figure out how to allow anywhere, anytime access to work, while still remaining in control of sensitive company information. Consequently, many are turning to identity and access management (IAM) solutions to help manage user access.