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But over a third say secure authentication is key to adequate data protection

Cambridge, UK, Tuesday 5th April, 2011 – Almost 6 in 10 IT decision makers in the UK think that secure access control solutions such as two-factor authentication are too complex and difficult to use. More than half say that they are too expensive, and almost 20 per cent believe that there are no convincing technologies on the market, thus preventing them from putting secure authentication and data access control solutions in place.

These are the findings from a survey amongst senior IT decision makers that was carried out by technology market research company, Vanson Bourne on behalf of authentication pioneer GrIDsure.

More than half of the IT decision makers surveyed had doubts about whether their current policies, security solutions and systems adequately protected company data, saying that they believed their data was protected only ‘to a degree’. Only 6 per cent had total faith in their data protection measures.

When asked what would be the biggest factor in protecting their company from data breaches, 36 per cent selected strong authentication for every employee as the most important factor. A smaller number of respondents (32 per cent) said they thought educating employees to act responsibly was key. 7 per cent voted for banning remote data access completely.

Stephen Howes, Founder and CTO of GrIDsure, the pioneers in Pattern Based Authentication, commented: “Since the beginning of the year, there has been news of severe data breaches on an almost weekly basis. Everyone agrees that passwords are no longer enough to protect sensitive data in a digital age. But most of the strong authentication solutions out there are too complicated and costly to implement and manage. You really need something that’s as cheap and simple to use as the traditional password, but at the same time much more secure.”

He added, “Any authentication solution that requires you to carry hardware tokens, or to have passcodes sent to your mobile phone while you’re trying to access a service on your computer just makes the log-in process more cumbersome. Pattern Based Authentication generates secure one-time passcodes without additional tokens, and is even more intuitive to use than passwords as it plays to the strength of the human brain to remember patterns rather than strings of letters and numbers. Dealing with passwords costs UK firms £36bn a week so it’s a great bonus to have a safe solution that makes the process easier at the same time.”

Of the CIOs, CSOs and IT managers surveyed, only a third (34 per cent) said they trusted their employees ‘a lot’ or ‘completely’ to do their best to protect the company against cyber threats. Almost two thirds answered ‘to a degree’ and 3 in 100 respondents even said they didn’t trust their employees at all to act responsibly.

Employees exposing their passwords by writing them down, choosing unsafe passwords or sharing them with colleagues was the second biggest concern of the CIOs surveyed, surpassed only by the risk of employees leaving confidential paper documents in public places.

The survey was conducted by Vanson Bourne in March 2011. Vanson Bourne interviewed 100 senior IT decision makers within large commercial companies with more than 1000 employees.

About GrIDsure

GrIDsure is the pioneer in pattern based authentication solutions which generate dynamic one-time passcodes. The company's award-winning solutions empower organisations to strengthen information security, ensuring user confidence without compromising user experience. GrIDsure's Personal Identification Pattern (PIP) technology is easy to use as it relies on the instinctive human ability to recall patterns, rather than memorising PINs or passwords. The company's solutions create an extra, flexible security layer that works independently as well as alongside other technologies such as PKI (Public Key Infrastructure). Based in Cambridge, UK, GrIDsure partners with companies such as Quest Software, CRYPTOCard, Modirum and Microsoft to provide end-users with secure authentication worldwide. For further information, contact +44 (0)1480 483300 or visit

For further information, please contact:

Paula Averley
Hothouse Communications
t. 020 8224 9933
m. 07766 257776

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