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Security trumps cost savings when installing identity solutions

According to a new survey 78 per cent of organisations say that security outweighs cost savings and user experience when choosing identity management solutions.

The survey by access control specialist SecureAuth (opens in new tab) used responses from over 230 IT security professionals in the US and UK.

When asked why their company has initiated new identity projects in the past, 55 per cent of respondents across small, medium and large companies say the deployment of new applications - including both on-premises and cloud-based - was the top driver. Board and senior management's drive for increased security is also cited by 50 per cent of respondents as a chief reason for new identity project initiation, underscoring that cyber security has become a board-level concern.

Other drivers for installing identity management include compliance and audit requirements at 49 per cent, cost savings (44 per cent), security breaches at another company (36 per cent), increased use of stolen or misused credentials (34 per cent) and the company itself experiencing a security breach (25 per cent).

"It's no secret that security has become a board room-level imperative," says Craig Lund, CEO of SecureAuth. "A decade ago, it was a nice to have; today, it's a must have. Accordingly, organisations across the globe are abandoning their laissez-faire approaches to cybersecurity and significantly increasing security spending for the coming years. Worthwhile cybersecurity endeavors may require some redirection of budget, but in this day and age, proactivity is just as important as reactivity".

When asked about their plans for identity and access management, 79 per cent of respondents say that plans are underway for IAM of externally focused applications, including vendor, partner and customer applications, portals and mobile apps. In addition 47 per cent say that IAM investment is a currently funded priority, 32 per cent will invest in the next year, and 13 per cent will invest in IAM, but don't have a specific time frame.

For more information you can visit the SecureAuth blog (opens in new tab).

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Ian Barker worked in information technology before discovering that writing about computers was easier than fixing them. He has worked for a staff writer on a range of computer magazines including PC Extreme, was editor of PC Utilities, and has written for TechRadar, BetaNews, IT Pro Portal, and LatestGadgets.