New LastPass Study Finds Identity and Access Management is Critical to Securing a Remote Workforce

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Author: Rachael Stockton - Senior Director, Product Marketing at LogMeIn

LastPass ran a study with IT decision makers in partnership with IDG to discover the impacts of remote work to IAM. The study found that IAM is critical to securing a remote workforce, but almost all organizations have had to adjust their IAM strategy to securely enable employees to work from anywhere.

98% Agree That IAM Is Critical to Securing a Remote Workforce

Almost every business agrees that IAM is critical to securing their remote workforce. 98% of organizations surveyed depend on IAM solutions to keep their business secure in the work from anywhere era.

IAM solutions such as single sign-on, multifactor authentication and password management help ensure employees have the secure access they need to stay productive, while IT has visibility and control over every login.

Remote Work Has Impacted 96% of IAM Strategies

There is no one-size-fits all approach to IAM – businesses build their IAM strategies based on their organizational requirements and objectives. However, 96% of IT decision makers revealed that remote work has impacted their IAM strategy.

Whether businesses weren't prepared to accommodate secure remote work or needed to rethink how they centralized employee access and authentication, remote work has played a major impact on IAM.

62% Believe MFA is the Most Effective Way to Secure a Remote Workforce

In terms of how businesses are securing their remote workforce, 62% believe multifactor authentication (MFA) is the most effective way to do so. MFA requires two or more authentication factors in the employee login experience prior to gaining access. Framed conceptually around something you know, something you have and something you are, MFA doubles the security of employee logins helping IT teams to ensure that all logins are legitimate.

Secure Access Is the Top Priority for IAM and Remote Work

The highest priority of businesses implementing IAM strategies to secure their remote workforce is to facilitate secure access for employees. 35% of respondents ranked secure access as their most critical objective and 27% ranked as their second most critical objective. Secure access is closely followed by adding MFA across employee logins, where 23% of respondents ranked as their most critical and 23% ranked as their second most critical objective.

For 59%, Increasing Security for Remote Work is a Critical Priority Over the Next Year

Looking at the next 12 months, 59% of IT decision makers strongly agree that increasing security for their remote workforce through IAM is a critical priority. We have now entered the work from anywhere era, and organizations will need to consider what their long-term IAM strategy is because remote work is the new normal.

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