Password Problems: Majority Of Security Pros Violate A Big Mobile Best Practice

Password Problems: Majority Of Security Pros Violate A Big Mobile Best Practice

Even security pros practice poor security “hygiene,” with some 83 percent saying they use the same password across multiple mobile applications, according to a new survey.

This figure, and others, comes by way of Ping Identity’s ‘Impact of Mobile’ Survey, which surveyed 198 attendees at this year's RSA Conference. The survey sought to discover how work habits are changing as a result of cloud and mobile enterprise trends.

Roger Oberg, Ping Identity Vice President of Marketing and Product Management, said in a statement that mobile is here to stay. Unfortunately, those most concerned with security aren't exactly the most secure users of this technology.

“[The data] illustrates the need for a new cloud and mobile identity security model that addresses the new ‘anywhere’ reality,” wrote Oberg in a press statement. “Enterprises embracing BYOD will benefit from standards-based SSO that eliminates passwords and login screens, and provides a central point of management and user control. The good news is that users love it and it’s more secure, no matter where they log in for work.”

Getting back to that “hygiene” issue, where users employ this technology is wide-ranging.

Respondents were asked to list the most unusual or remote place where they logged into a work app. Nightclubs, aboard sailboats, on top of mountains, at the beach and at theme parks were among the more common locations. One even logged in from the International Space Station. Not surprisingly, “the bathroom” was the most common answer, cited by 21 percent of respondents, according to the survey.

mobile security best practicesOther fun findings include:

  • 55 percent of security professionals say they use a tablet for work
  • 45 percent of respondents stated that they use a tablet over their laptops or PCs for work purposes more than 25 percent of the time
  • When asked how many times per day they logged onto a work application from a mobile device, 49 percent of respondents logged in 10 or more times a day.