New trends – Password Manager and BYOD

byod and SSO

A recent Gartner survey of CIOs estimates that by 2017, half of all employers will require employees to buy their own devices. When I read this statistic, the first two questions that entered by mind was:

  • How will workers react if BYOD becomes mandatory?
  • With strict policies on security, device choices and the growing variety of intricate, back-end networks, what will be the role of Single Sign-On (SSO) technology in the future of BYOD?
  • Another firm that backs-up Gartner’s prediction about the explosive BYOD population is analyst firm IDC, which predicts that by 2016, 480 million smartphones that will be shipped worldwide with an estimated 65 percent used for BYOD purposes.

    With 1.3 billion devices predicted to have mobile security applications installed on them by 2018 and the global BYOD market expected to grow to $181.39 billion by 2017, it’s only natural to expect the intersection between BYOD and password managers to grow.

    For enterprises, the collision of the mobile revolution with cloud seems like an impending car wreck, especially as mobile devices become the center of work and personal life. With these bold predictions in place it seems only logical that single sign-on will grow to become one of the most pivotal ways companies can implement BYOD while improving the user experience and reducing data security risks.

    Password managers can provide the emerging trend of BYOD with seamless user access to all the back-end systems that make their day to day possible. With password managers, employees of all sectors can have access to collaborative portals and subsequent back-end financial systems without having to have different login information. Employees can purchase new tablets on the company’s ITSM page, while filling out their timesheets in a separate window and receiving emails on their mobile devices, without having to login to multiple systems with separate usernames and passwords.

    Features in Hypersocket Single Sign-On, such as the numerous ways to login to a profile, provide organizations with Single Sign-On capabilities to match the trends of tomorrow’s BYOD. Ultimately, Hypersocket password managers offers companies looking to expand their BYOD programs two major benefits:

  • Multiple passwords open the door for hackers to enter your network
  • Having to remember multiple passwords or re-entering the same password multiple times to access the enterprise apps lowers productivity
  • Other features native to Hypersocket that makes it an ideal password management solution for the needs of current and future BYOD programs is its compatibility with open-standard data formats for exchanging authentication and authorization data between parties, and within a scalable platform.

    The partnership between clients and employees is the best way to achieve a BYOD policy that companies and workers alike can be happy with. In the same way, the partnership between BYOD and password managers is just as crucial in accomplishing any effective BYOD policy. The trick is to find a password management solution that understands the relationship between BYOD and password management and offers the authentication and authorization characteristics of an effective password manager solution.

    This Blog was brought to you by Hypersocket and its CEO, Lee David Painter. With over 20 years of industry experience as a pioneer in IT Security, Lee developed the world’s first OpenSource browser-based SSL VPN (SSL-Explorer). Today Lee runs Hypersocket, a leader in virtual private network technology.
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