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A Vision For The Future: Password-Less Access

A Vision For The Future: Password-Less Access

Posted by Scott Flower 30 May 2019

So what was the vision for the future from MobileIron at their Live! event in Berlin this month? Well it centred around password-less access to cloud services, instead using biometrics together with photo verification. A vision that will see the removal of the biggest weakness in Cloud, in fact IT, security. This coupled with the controls provided by the MobileIron platform to not only authenticate the user but also the device and the application, provide a robust security offering for the future of cloud service access.
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As MobileIron themselves say "they are making history by making passwords history."  This new path forward for enterprise security, will provide the industry's first mobile-centric, zero trust security framework. It doesn’t just remove passwords, it goes beyond identity and gateway-based security approaches to give you complete control over all of your business data as it flows across devices, apps, networks, and cloud services. This means you can approve or deny access to your data based on a full range of security attributes. And essentially you are not relying on comprised passwords. An exciting and bold approach.

The event also included thought leadership from top security leaders and customers, as well as technical and product demos and hands-on workshops. One presentation that stood out for me was on managing macOS devices in the enterprise. This reinforced the approach that Bridgeway are taking in managing our macOS devices, along with a clear vision of where this will be going in the future. Who would have thought that an organisation could see a saving of over $500* per laptop by switching to macOS devices managed through a UEM?

Following a presentation from Samsung it was clear that there is deep collaboration between them and Google. I am often asked by customers which Android devices they should be deploying, and where Samsung is in the picture should they use Knox or Android Enterprise. The answer to this question is BOTH. Android Enterprise is the future way to manage Android devices, but Knox gives you much more. Google have adopted some of the earlier features from Knox and built these into Android Enterprise, Samsung are removing these from Knox but adding more, a cycle that looks to continue with both parties working closely together.

MobileIron Live! offered the perfect mix of opportunities to gain the latest security insights —  a packed roadmap of new features and functionality around the corner, and a whole raft of best practice presentations. But most of all, it set out the vision of the way our customers will now think about protecting the evolving perimeter-less enterprise.

*IBM Case study