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Security Professionals Embrace Not-So-Secure Mobile Work Habits

Ping Identity ‘Impact of Mobile’ Survey Highlights Broad Acceptance of Work Anytime/Anywhere Culture and Some Surprising Security Practices

DENVER, Colo. — April 3, 2013

DENVER, Colo. — April 3, 2013 — Security professionals have embraced BYOD and they’re taking “anytime, anywhere” access to some pretty interesting locations according a new survey conducted by Ping Identity, The Identity Security Company™. Surprisingly, most also admit to employing poor password security practices. 

The survey, based on 198 responses from attendees at RSA® Conference 2013, sought to discover how work habits are changing as a result of cloud and mobile enterprise trends. The results show: 


A Tablet-Powered Workforce is Real


  • Fifty five 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. 


Even Security Professionals Have Bad Password Security Habits – As Points of Vulnerability Rise


  • 83 percent of respondents use the same password across multiple applications – violating a password security best practice;
  • Discounting email and calendar apps, 59 percent of respondents have 3 or more apps on their mobile device that are considered core to their job. Twenty five percent have 5 or more apps that are core to their job.


Work Happens Anytime, Anywhere


  • 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. Not surprisingly, ‘the bathroom’ was the most common answer, cited by 21 percent of respondents. To view and download an Infographic of the unusual places survey respondents work, please visit:


“The data shows that the mobile-powered workforce is here to stay, but even those most concerned with security aren’t very secure users,” said Roger Oberg, Ping Identity Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “It illustrates the need for a new cloud and mobile identity security model that addresses the new ‘anywhere’ reality. 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.”

About Ping Identity | The Identity Security Company 
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