Cybersecurity Awareness Month rolls on with this week’s theme: Cybersecurity from the mailroom to the boardroom. But ours has a twist.

Safeguarding an online business from outside threats is a never-ending struggle, particularly when the use of mobile devices is exploding among consumers across nearly every industry.

But the proliferation of mobile devices – and the need to effectively authenticate the people using them – isn’t exclusive to consumer-driven businesses.

The growing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement continues to draw authentication concerns into the fold for overloaded enterprise security teams, who are grappling with how to seal the cracks that exist between employee authentication and enterprise security.

Last week, ABI Research issued excerpts from its Multi-Factor Authentication report, which forecasts the enterprise segment of the Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) market will sprint past $1 billion this year.

Dimitrios Pavlakis, Industry Analyst at ABI Research, summed it up in stating:

“Enterprises are finally realizing that they should not view MFA as a luxury security technology, one only for IT personnel, managers, and C-Level executives. With the BYOD culture in enterprises, it is becoming a necessity for businesses to deploy newer authentication technologies to fight detection-resistant malware, phishing attacks, credential theft, rootkit deployments, cross site scripting, and other threats.”

While the Cybersecurity Awareness theme for this second week of October highlights what individual employees – at all levels of an enterprise organization – can do to help keep the business safe, our point of view looks at what security teams can do to safeguard their extended network resources AND the employees who need access to them.

As is highlighted in the ABI report, our LaunchKey MFA is poised to make a healthy impact on this very capability in 2017 and beyond.

We can’t wait!