RSA CEO Rohit Ghai on Authenticating Users to Mobile Devices

Management and risk management, remote workforce, video

How to defend BYOD devices without installing software or creating friction

Michael Novinson (Michael Novinson) •
November 21, 2022

Rohit Gaj, CEO, RSA

The long-standing gap between mobile app discovery and identity and access management has contributed to cyber incidents and breaches as remote work has expanded.

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Employees who use personal smartphones don’t want to install corporate endpoint management products, but they need to protect both the user and the device when performing business functions, says RSA CEO Rohit Gaj. To address this common vulnerability, employers need technology that can protect personal mobile devices without involving the company’s security operations team or disrupting the user experience, says Ghai (see RSA CEO Rohit Ghai: ‘Disruption catalyzes transformation’).

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“If it’s not a company-managed device, you don’t have as much confidence as to whether the device has been hacked, whether it’s been hacked, or whether it’s owned by the actual user you’re trying to authenticate,” Ghai. says. “This lack of confidence creates an authentication vulnerability, as this compromised device can be used to access sensitive data within a corporation.”

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

  • What has changed in mobile threat detection;
  • Drivers and passwordless authentication options;
  • Most requested services for RSA authentication products.

Before Symphony Technology Group acquired RSA in September 2020, Guy was president of RSA while it was a Dell Technologies company. Previously, he was president of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, where he revitalized 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 Chief Operating Officer of ECD before becoming President. Guy joined Dell EMC from Symantec, where he held various senior engineering and general management roles. He previously worked at Computer Associates in several senior management roles in the BrightStor and eTrust business units, and led CA India operations as Chief Technology Officer. Ghai joined CA through the acquisition of Cheyenne Software, a backup and data protection startup.

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