Governance & Risk Management , Remote Workforce , Video

RSA CEO Rohit Ghai on Authenticating Users to Mobile Devices

How to Defend BYOD Devices Without Installing Software or Creating Friction
Rohit Ghai, CEO, RSA

The long-standing divide between mobile app detection and identity and access management has fueled cyber incidents and breaches as remote work has expanded.

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Workers using personal smartphones don't want to install corporate endpoint management products but still need to ensure both user and device are protected while carrying out business functions, says RSA CEO Rohit Ghai. To solve this common vulnerability, employers need technology that can safeguard personal mobile devices without involving the company's security operations team or interfering with the user's experience, Ghai says (see: RSA CEO Rohit Ghai: 'Disruptions Catalyze Transformation').

"If this is not a company-managed device, you don't have as much assurance about whether the device has been jailbroken, if it's been compromised or if it's in the possession of the actual user you're trying to authenticate," Ghai says. "That lack of assurance creates vulnerability in terms of authentication, because this compromised device could potentially be used to access sensitive data in the corporation."

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

  • What's changed about detecting threats on mobile devices;
  • Drivers and opportunities for passwordless authentication;
  • The most in-demand services for RSA's authentication products.

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


About the Author

Michael Novinson

Michael Novinson

Managing Editor, Business, ISMG

Novinson is responsible for covering the vendor and technology landscape. Prior to joining ISMG, he spent four and a half years covering all the major cybersecurity vendors at CRN, with a focus on their programs and offerings for IT service providers. He was recognized for his breaking news coverage of the August 2019 coordinated ransomware attack against local governments in Texas as well as for his continued reporting around the SolarWinds hack in late 2020 and early 2021.




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