Global security trends for 2018: GDPR, identity and access security
March 12, 2018
Other key findings of the study, which polled information technologists in a broad range of industries, included the following:When asked what security methods they would implement in 2018, identity and access management was the top item, at nearly 52%, followed by network security (47%), cybersecurity (43%), cloud security (37%), encryption (34%), endpoint security (33%), multifactor ID (32%) and physical security (25 percent).As in both prior year surveys, user name and password authentication remains the top means for securing identities, with 89% of respondents citing this method. Second to passwords are smart cards, which were cited by 57% of respondents. Other methods in use include PKI (42%); one-time passwords (37%), biometrics (18%) and virtual smart cards (13%).The good news is that many companies say they will deploy stronger authentication methods this year, including smart cards (47%); biometrics (36%); virtual smart cards (26%); and PKI (23%). Despite their inherent risks, some companies still plan to deploy user name and password solutions (29%) and one-time passwords (17%).Nearly 60% of the respondents in the 2018 poll said they will spend up to 24% of their 2018 IT budgets on IT security, and another 18% said they would spend as much as 49% of their budgets on it.The 2018 poll reached industries including government agencies, and financial services, technology, retail, manufacturing and healthcare companies.