- log in
Posted by Andras Cser on February 8, 2011
Mobile authentication is nothing new. SiteMinder, a prominent web access management tool, has been able to handle mobile browsers and sessions for at least 7-8 years. Some users complained of WAP and its limitations, but most could access information and log in to websites with minimal issues.
WAP is gone and it is now replaced by a multitude of devices: tablets, PDAs, smartphones, etc. With the proliferation of Splinternet, we are witnessing not only a boom of content, but also the need to limit access to sensitive applications and data not only from the device but also on the device. Authentication, authorization, and data protection challenges multiply as companies embrace the post-PC tablets, etc.
What do we see people asking about? From the enterprise security perspective, the biggest challenges seems to be protecting the data on the device, performing a remote wipe on a lost or stolen piece of equipment, and making sure corporate information is separated clearly from any private data. Writing mobile applications or designing mobile-capable and still rich, interactive web pages is no easy task either. Companies also wonder about how to deliver and (de)provision applications quickly and securely.
What do we see companies do? Sandboxing corporate data and mandating the use of remotely wipeable devices is the first step. Storing certificates and using transaction signature mobile authenticators to defend against stolen or compromised text messages with one-time passwords is a logical follow-on.
We expect Splinternet to embrace mobile virtualization. Running VMware with multiple guest operation systems will be a good candidate for solving this. We are trying to lead the way at Forrester and help companies with data protection and Splinternet access from these devices.
Let us know about your thoughts, trials, and tribulations in this area.
Search Forrester's Blogs
The dynamics that will shape the future in the age of the customer »
Planning for innovation and risk in the wake of Brexit »
Forrester's CX Index
Predict how actions to improve CX will affect revenue performance.
Measure the customer experiences that matter most »
- Amy DeMartine (1)
- Andras Cser (48)
- Chris McClean (58)
- Christopher Sherman (8)
- Enza Iannopollo (2)
- Heidi Shey (21)
- Jeff Pollard (2)
- John Kindervag (28)
- Joseph Blankenship (2)
- Laura Koetzle (2)
- Merritt Maxim (7)
- Nick Hayes (15)
- Peter Cerrato (1)
- Renee Murphy (9)
- Rick Holland (45)
- Stephanie Balaouras (78)
- Tyler Shields (24)