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RSA CEO Rohit Ghai on Authenticating Users to Mobile Devices

How to defend BYOD devices without installing software or causing friction

Rohit Ghai, CEO, RSA

The longstanding gap between mobile app detection and identity and access management has led to cyber incidents and breaches as remote work has increased.

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Employees using personal smartphones don’t want to install corporate endpoint management products, but still need to ensure that both the user and the device are protected while performing business functions, said Rohit Ghai, CEO of RSA. To fix this common vulnerability, employers need technology that can protect personal mobile devices without involving the company’s security team or disrupting the user experience, says Ghai (see: RSA CEO Rohit Ghai: ‘Disruptions Catalyze Transformation’).

“If this isn’t a company-controlled device, you don’t have much certainty whether the device is jailbroken, compromised, or owned by the actual user you’re trying to authenticate,” Ghai says. “That lack of assurance creates vulnerability in terms of authentication, as this compromised device could potentially be used to access sensitive data in the company.”

In this video interview with Information Security Media Group, Ghai discusses:

  • What’s changed about detecting threats on mobile devices;
  • Drivers and capabilities for passwordless authentication;
  • The most requested services for RSA’s authentication products.

Prior to Symphony Technology Group’s acquisition of RSA in September 2020, Ghai served as President of RSA during his tenure as a Dell Technologies company. He previously served as president of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, where he revived the portfolio for the digital age through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Ghai was responsible for all aspects of ECD’s business, including sales and services, channel strategy, product development, marketing, finance, support and customer success. He joined Dell EMC in December 2009 to lead product development and served as ECD’s chief operating officer before becoming president. Ghai joined Dell EMC from Symantec where he held several senior technical and general management roles. Previously, he served at Computer Associates in a number of senior management roles in the BrightStor and eTrust business units, and led CA India’s operations as chief technology officer. Ghai joined CA through the acquisition of Cheyenne Software, a backup and data protection startup.

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