Study: Neglecting Security Opens Doors For PIM

A survey conducted by Lieberman Softtware indicates that as many as 80 percent of employees regularly ignore security policies and directives, even if issued from executive management. No surprises there, but it does open doors for a few highly specialized differentiators, including privileged identity management, that represent a profitable alternative to commoditizing IAM solutions.

  • Tweet  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Facebook  
  • Google plus  
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to  

It probably comes as no big surprise that employees regularly override, neglect and sometimes downright ignore security directives. Let’s face it, cumbersome rules often get in the way of performing job functions effectively and efficiently.

But a recent survey conducted by Lieberman Software underscores that fact further. The biggest finding, according to the survey, was that more than 80 percent of IT security professionals claim that employees deliberately ignore security rules and policies imposed by IT departments. And that, in turn, sets the stage for new and highly specialized solutions that allow partners to build out portfolios with solutions that force employees to stay on the straight and narrow when it comes to security.

Related articles

Additionally, the study, which examined almost 250 IT security professionals, discovered that more than half of those surveyed thought that workers who deliberately ignore IT security directives wouldn’t even listen if the security mandates were issued by the CEO or executive management.

“These figures highlight the fact that most end-users are still not taking IT security seriously and are unnecessarily putting corporate data – and potentially customer information – at risk,” said Phillip Lieberman, CEO of Lieberman Software. “And these behaviors are continuing even after it has been proven that human error is the leading cause of data breaches. Organizations need to implement better cyber security training that properly instructs staff about the consequences of data breaches.”

The findings come as little shock, as it’s long been established that employees routinely step around security policies, especially if they interfere with conducting necessary job functions.

But what Lieberman Software hoped to demonstrate was that organizations, and subsequently the channel, will consistently require some kind of alternative solution that not only prevents users from circumventing security, but compels adherence.

Lieberman pointed to its own flagship privileged identity management (PIM) solution as a viable answer. Privileged Identity Management is a niche of identity management that focuses on powerful accounts within an organization’s IT infrastructure.

And while receiving little media attention, the PIM market is projected to undergo significant growth, largely driven by a groundswell of new and enforceable compliance regulations. A TechNavio report predicts that the PIM market will likely grow at a CAGR of 24.1 between 2010 and 2014. And the solution will likely gain more traction as organizations aim to meet increasingly stringent compliance requirements amid complexity created by cloud, virtualization and mobility platforms.

That bodes well for the channel seeking to differentiate with offerings that elicit higher margin opportunities within the identity and access management (IAM) sphere. While still a relevant and growing market, IAM has experienced a slowdown over the last few years as solutions have become standard issue. TechNavio estimates that overall, IAM growth will be relegated to the single digits – namely 8.2 percent – between 2011 and 2015.

Privileged identity management gives partners another chance at adding on a few new differentiators to their portfolio that will ultimately generate profitable niches and breathe new life into a market teetering on stagnation.

  • Tweet  
  • LinkedIn  
  • Facebook  
  • Google plus  
  • Send to Kindle
  • Send to  
More on Channel Business
call-centre-india-bpo

Cloud bringing BPaaS opportunities

NetSuite and partner talk ways channel partners can capitalize in changing BPO market

women-venture-capital-arrow

Arrow CEO points to 'comprehensive' solutions as driver for Q2 results

Distributors announces financial results, increase in sales

shutterstock-180806804-china-social-media

Microsoft Chinese partner of the year Pactera talks penetrating Chinese market

China-based provider explains obstacles in succeeding in China, why market should matter to channel

king-queen-crown

Synergy Research: Domination by cloud's big four isn't going to change

Research firm says AWS, Microsoft, IBM, Google will keep topping smaller cloud providers

Visitor comments
Add comments
blog comments powered by Disqus
In-depth
100m-starting-line

Alibaba gunning to overtake Amazon, Microsoft in the cloud

China’s online retail giant Alibaba plans to invest $1 billion to globalize its Aliyun cloud infrastructure division, with the intent of overtaking Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and IBM

china-regulation-go-strategy-game

MSP warning against 'strategy' misuse

Hijacking the term means customer confusion

Windows 10 desktop

Microsoft releases Windows 10, but what's in it for partners?

Four ways the channel can cash in on Windows 10

rob-herjavec1

Star turn: MSP boss and reality TV regular talks up security

Robert Herjavec, Founder of MSP Herjavec Group and Dancing with the Stars star, warns cybersecurity is 'really a global problem'