It’s nice to receive validation of what you do, and we’ve had the pleasure of actually seeing it in print several times in the past several weeks. People in the industry, from security pros responding to surveys to an industry influencer, have spoken out on authentication.
First, to cheer up everyone who’s thinking pessimistically about prospects for the economy, there’s the survey of security pros in the financial services industry (most hard hit by the recession, remember?) which found that almost 50% report improved funding for security projects in the next six months. The big(ger) news is that the respondents ranked authentication, encryption and network access control as “high priorities.” The study was conducted by SearchFinancialSecurity.com and reported in “Financial security pros expect improved funding in second half of 2009.”
In a recent tech industry talk about what the Internet still needs to make it complete, Vinton Cerf, the chief Internet evangelist at Google and co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols that are the foundation of the Internet, stated that one of the Internet’s most critical needs is authentication. He said that anyone doing business involving the Internet (and who isn’t?) should be “deeply concerned” with incorporating authentication. One of the many articles on Cerf’s talk “The Internet is incomplete…” can be found on Computerword.com
Yet another survey, this one by another company in the space, revealed that the adoption of strong authentication is growing. Among its findings: strong authentication and single sign-on (SSO) are “driving organizational cost efficiencies, security and employee productivity” and strong authentication is “no longer being used exclusively for remote access.” More info as well as access to the full survey report can be found in the article, “National Strong Authentication Survey Shows Uptick in Adoption and Growing Synergy with Single Sign-on Solutions” in the Cloud Computing Journal.
We’ll inform you on other news reports on authentication as we find them!