Mark Bowker

Mark Bowker

Senior Analyst Mark Bowker is responsible for the enterprise mobility, identity, and mobile security coverage at ESG. Leveraging 20+ years of IT industry experience, Mark researches what it takes to support today’s workforce as seen through both IT and end-user lenses.

Recent Posts by Mark Bowker:

ESG Brief: Why Employees Should Use Fewer Devices in 2020

Abstract:

Having to support an increasing number of devices per employee is leading to a situation that is not sustainable for businesses and IT organizations. The high number of devices that average employees are bringing into the workplace for business purposes strains existing IT and security strategies, which are not designed to handle this level of complexity. When employees are enabled to complete more of their business tasks with a single device, they benefit from a consistent experience across all workflows and communication channels.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Top Ten Accelerants of Cloud-hosted Desktops in 2020

Abstract:

Technology matters more than ever today, as ESG research recently discovered when 83% of respondents shared that they believe that technology has increased their personal productivity. In 2020, it will be important to watch how quickly businesses move from testing cloud-hosted desktops and identifying use cases to moving into production. If indicators start pointing to a rapid pace of transition through this process, expect to see the market growth follow exponentially.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Okta and VMware: Extending a Secure, Productive Workspace

Abstract:

Being able to work anywhere, anytime, on any device continues to help boost employee productivity and satisfaction, though it still presents assorted challenges for the IT organization when securing the enterprise. However, relief to this problem may be in sight: Okta, a provider of identity management software delivered as a cloud service, and VMware, an innovator in digital workspace delivery and management, recently announced their partnership, bringing together the benefits of VMware’s Workspace ONE with Okta’s Identity Cloud.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Microsoft Azure Advanced Threat Protection: Attack Protection for Cloud, On-premises, and Hybrid Environments

Abstract:

Security continues to be a key focus of organizations across industries. Traditional security practices employing multiple security and management tools are expanding the attack surface—making it more difficult for IT to effectively set and manage security policies. Many businesses are still not adequately protected from the proliferation of bad actors, but are uncertain about how to address this increasingly urgent situation. Microsoft’s new cloud-based Azure Advanced Threat Protection solution may be a welcome addition to the vendor’s Enterprise Mobility + Security E5. By leveraging machine learning algorithms and behavior analytics, this solution can protect organizations against security threats lurking across networks.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Microsoft Cloud App Security: Detect, Control, and Enhance Threat Protection

Abstract:

ESG’s 2018 IT spending intentions research indicates that 63% of organizations will increase cybersecurity spending in 2018,1 and it’s safe to assume that data security concerns at least helped to influence these more bullish general security investment positions. Companies that do not want to fall victim to potentially disastrous situations are prioritizing investments in solutions such as Microsoft Cloud App Security. Microsoft shops are likely to find Cloud App Security a welcome enhancement to their environments.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Multi-factor Authentication Trends

Abstract:

While the consensus remains that username and password authentication is an adequate security control in at least some cases, the majority of organizations currently use multi-factor authentication (MFA) technology. Despite the obvious benefits of using MFA, organizations tend to leverage this technology on a more selective basis. What will it take for multi-factor authentication to become the ubiquitous de facto access control strategy for organizations, or will MFA continue to coexist with username and password approaches for the foreseeable future?

Topics: Enterprise Mobility

ESG Brief: Shifting IAM Responsibilities to the Information Security Group

Abstract:

While mobile devices and cloud applications have provided organizations with numerous benefits including increased employee productivity, they have also created new challenges, many of which have security implications created from an expanded security perimeter. This includes the need to update traditional approaches to identity and access management (IAM) in an increasingly mobile and cloudy world, from tools deployed through policies written to the involvement of security groups in these activities. Organizationally, aligning IAM strategies with the information security group is a best practice businesses should adopt to take control of how fractured IAM has become.

Topics: Cybersecurity Identity and Access Management Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: Top Five Identity and Access Management Challenges and Opportunities

Abstract:

Identity and access management (IAM) is as old as the Internet, but mobility initiatives and cloud applications are putting stress on companies’ security perimeters, especially when it comes to IAM policies and approaches. Challenges to IAM still exist—though one may have thought they’d been addressed years ago. Today, companies are reacting with IAM organizational, technology, and process initiatives to help win back a certain measure of control, and ideally enhance the company’s security posture.

Topics: Cybersecurity Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration

ESG Brief: 2018 Enterprise Mobility Spending Trends

Abstract:

Nearly half of midmarket and enterprise organizations plan to increase their 2018 spending on the software, services, and devices required to make their workforce more mobile. While a key benefit of these efforts is untethering employees from desks and offices, they also serve to expand the security perimeter IT staffs must heed. As such, mobility initiatives increasingly include a heightened focus on security and management.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility IT Spending Intentions

ESG Brief: Impact of Cloud-first IT on Enterprise Mobility

Abstract:

A cloud-first approach can have economic and operational benefits for businesses, but the policy also comes with responsibilities to protect applications and users. The challenge for IT is to get in front of this cloud-first trend with identity and access management strategies, security processes, and monitoring investments that will embrace cloud consumption models with confidence.

Topics: Enterprise Mobility Cloud Services & Orchestration