Ping Identity UK research reveals how IT decision makers face significant barriers to rolling out digital transformation projects, and getting rid of passwords for good

Identity security company, Ping Identity UK,  commissioned third party research with survey consultancy, Censuswide, surveying IT decision makers across UK, France and Germany to ascertain their attitudes to the ‘barriers to business security’. This research reveals how European IT decision makers face significant barriers in implementing new identity security technologies, and subsequently in undertaking digital transformation projects.

Prioritising digital transformation and specifically putting new identity security software in place was considered either a top priority or a key priority by 84% of European IT decision makers (ITDMs).

With 86% of respondents citing that passwords formed the basis of their current access management solutions, the research also revealed – worryingly – that 65% either strongly agree or agree that passwords are no longer fit for purpose.

The research revealed a clear desire to remove passwords and move to new innovative technologies, including multi-factor authentication and fingerprint scanning. With only 5% of respondents stating there were no barriers to adopting new technologies, several roadblocks were cited as key:

  • Budget restrictions: 57%
  • Time restrictions: 28%
  • Compliance reasons: 24% of UK respondents

Such barriers must be broken down, as 61% of European ITDMs believe that investing and adopting in Identity Defined Security technologies is a necessity, not a luxury, for business security, agility and growth.

The majority of respondents across Europe said that the main reason for wanting to roll out more secure identity-defined technologies was to put security at the heart of the business. Furthermore, 56% said that they would consider rolling out technologies such as multi-factor authentication and fingerprint scanning, because these are now proven, credible technologies that can bolster and enhance business security for the future.

Phil Allen, VP of sales, Ping Identity EMEA commented, “It is clear that IT decision makers throughout Europe face significant barriers to making the changes needed to safeguard employee identity, and this is a real cause for concern. The transition to Identity Defined Security software and to digitally transforming the business, should not be borne by the IT department alone. Buy-in from the board, CEO and other key stakeholders within a business is imperative to ensure that we move from the password era, into a more secure, ‘identity-defined’ future.”

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