Controlling access in today’s digital-first world: Why it really, really matters

by | Aug 2, 2022 | Technology

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“Access” is an increasingly major part of day-to-day life. By the time I sit down at my desk to start the workday, I’ve already gone through a dozen points of access control — including disarming and re-arming my house alarm with a code, unlocking my iPhone with Face ID, opening and starting my car with a key fob, logging onto my laptop with a biometric like fingerprint touch, and joining my first meeting of the day with a secure Microsoft Teams or Zoom link.

Be it physical or digital, access (particularly controlling access) is at its simplest the ability to grant, deny or restrict entry to something. That “something” could be your car, house, bank account, computer, mobile phone, apps, or just about anything else in today’s digital-first world. 

Let’s focus on apps for a moment. They are at the heart of our daily digital lifestyle. The mobile app market is expected to generate over $935 billion in revenue by 2023. Perhaps that’s not surprising given the average person uses around 10 apps per day just on their smartphone.

Today’s enterprises are also heavily reliant on apps to drive their business as well as support it. And think of all the people who may access these business apps from their mobile phones or their home offices. With today’s hybrid work world, not to mention a hybrid-cloud-powered one, managing all these different apps (let alone securing and controlling access to them) has become increasingly complex.

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