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New global survey from Yubico

Nearly 60% of employees rely on username and password as the primary method to authenticate their accounts according to Yubico’s (www.yubico.com) State of Global Enterprise Authentication Survey 2022.

Sharing the results of the survey at its inaugural YubiSummit event in San Francisco, Yubico’s research reveals that over 22% of respondents still think username and password is the most secure method of authentication despite the fact that 54% admit to writing down or sharing their passwords.   Over 60% of employees say they think their organization needs to upgrade to modern phishing-resistant MFA, while 79% of VP-level staff want their organization to upgrade to modern phishing-resistant MFA (like hardware security keys).  Respondents felt that this is particularly necessary as the survey reveals that more than 54% of employees are not required to go through cybersecurity training on a frequent basis.

Launched in recognition of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and in light of recent phishing-based cyberattacks, the Yubico’s State of Global Enterprise Authentication Survey 2022 also reveals that within the last two years, nearly 40% of respondents admits to having broken their mobile phone and nearly 30% have lost it – a particularly worrying fact given that the device is commonly use to authenticate.

“Cybersecurity Awareness Month brings global awareness for security hygiene and is a good time for people and organizations to take action now to shore up their cybersecurity practices,” says Stina Ehrensvärd, CEO and co-founder, Yubico.  “The results from our global survey highlight the biggest concerns, challenges, and real-world scenarios that organizations are facing globally when it comes to their cybersecurity efforts – including the continued reliance on legacy MFA solutions like one-time passwords.  It’s a stark reminder of how far the enterprise still has to go to adopting and standardizing phishing-resistant MFA tools.”

The State of Global Enterprise Authentication Survey 2022 polled 16,000+ employees across a variety of enterprises in eight countries and was conducted for Yubico by Censuswide.  The full survey can be found at 
https://resources.yubico.com/53ZDUYE6/at/ct2gkcksbqq9q6bw9zs57z/State_of_Global_Enterprise_Authentication_by_Yubico_-_Preview.pdf?format=pdf