Security Breaches Rise As Organizations Rely on Cloud Services

Relying on traditional username and password technology is costly and unproductive and may be contributing to a rise in security breaches, concludes a new study by Forrester Research.

The report, "Enhancing Authentication to Secure the Open Enterprise," was conducted by Forrester late in 2010 on behalf of Symantec Corp. The vendor “wanted to evaluate how enterprises are evolving their authentication and security practices in response to changing business and IT needs as exemplified by cloud and software-as-a-service (SaaS) adoption, the business use of Web 2.0 services, and user mobility trends,” according to this article in CSO Online.

The top access problem the report found was password issues. “Policies on password composition, expiration, and lockout that are put in place to mitigate risk have become a major burden to users, impeding their ability to be productive. They also result in help desk costs due to forgotten passwords,” it says.

The Forrester study recommends that organizations implement strong authentication throughout the enterprise, not just for select applications.

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