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LogMeIn 2021 Predictions: Fulfilling Real Identity Security

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Fulfilling Real Identity Security

By Gerald Beuchelt, Chief Information Security Officer, LogMeIn

2020 has been quite the year. It has showcased how resilient some organizations are to unexpected challenges, but it has also shed light on what many others were lacking in terms of security.

Here are the three key trends coming in 2021.

Identity Is the New Security Perimeter

As we look into 2021, we have to start by remembering that 42 percent of the U.S. labor force is now working from home, and that work life and personal life have essentially become one. The ramifications of having a fully remote workforce along with the increasing cyberthreats, require IT and security teams to not only strategize for the current state of security for their organization, but also think about their long-term security strategies.

Next year, we will see a prioritization of identity and access management (IAM). Before the pandemic, many IT teams relied on perimeter-based security models and leveraged firewalls to protect their company networks and employees from cyberthreats. However, without a tangible perimeter due to the rise of remote work, employees are accessing business applications through various devices in various locations. IT managers have to focus on securing the identity of the user. In the remote and hybrid work world, identity is the new security perimeter for IT.

Companies will continue to implement a more robust IAM strategy with solutions like single-sign-on (SSO), password management, and multifactor authentication (MFA); solutions that will keep remote employees and company networks secure.

Going Passwordless

While we know passwords won't disappear completely, recent research from LastPass shows that 92% of IT teams believe that passwordless authentication is in their organization's future.

Passwordless logins and biometric authentication, like fingerprints and face IDs, have been around for a while. We will see more and more organizations adopting passwordless authentication as IT teams continue to battle remote work challenges and poor password behaviors persist.

Organizations will leverage the benefits of a passwordless login experience - higher security and employee productivity, while also freeing up resources for IT. They will start to advocate for further deployment by implementing IAM solutions, which will ultimately streamline and simplify the login experience for end users, while providing better control and visibility for IT teams. 

As more organizations rely and invest in biometric authentication solutions, privacy and data collection will become an even more sensitive topic. Organizations will need to take the appropriate steps to ensure biometric data is not stored in a centralized database, where it could be surveilled. It will be critical to make sure the technology provides all the benefits without any backlash.

Revisiting and Rebuilding the Security Culture

Users' cybersecurity behaviors have a direct impact on the enterprise, more so now than ever. The increasingly dangerous cyber threat landscape has brought cybersecurity to the forefront among all employees, with a change in attitude towards security and privacy. This focus will become even more prevalent in 2021, as organizations look to establish a strong remote security culture.

We will see more organizations providing easy to use security tools and further trainings in an attempt to help employees understand their role in the organization's security posture. If it hasn't already, cybersecurity will become part of employees' everyday work schedule. 

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that no matter where employees are based or how they connect to the company's network, their security is not only the company's responsibility but their own as well. A passwordless approach and an ingrained security culture will support keeping the doors closed to any potential threats. IAM solutions will play an important role in ensuring that all resources remain available and secure.

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About the Author

Gerald Beuchelt 

Gerald Beuchelt is the Chief Information Security Officer at LogMeIn, makers of password and identity management solution, LastPass. He is responsible for the company's overall security, compliance, and technical privacy program. With more than 20 years of experience working in information security, he is a member of the Board of Directors and the IT Sector Chief for the Boston Chapter of Infragard. In his prior role, Gerald was the Chief Security Officer for Demandware, a Salesforce Company. He holds a Master of Science degree in theoretical physics.

Published Monday, January 18, 2021 7:40 AM by David Marshall
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