Overcomplicated passwords may threaten BYOD

Updating legacy applications for new users involves addressing the practices that are holding companies back. If the current approach burdens companies with too many extra pieces, the answer could be a simpler, more adaptable means of access. ITProPortal recently touched on this in a piece about the evolution of BYOD application security.

One of the issues ITProPortal mentioned involved password complexity. While a complicated password system could be effective at keeping devices secure, the source noted, it could also unintentionally antagonize the users. If a password is overly burdensome, it goes against the entire reason for using BYOD in the first place: fast, user-customized service.

This parallels some other common problems with updating applications. To maintain mainframe management, businesses have in the past used systems that require multiple downloads and a complex chain of authentication. Much like with passwords, these systems can defeat the purpose of BYOD and present a liability instead of an advantage.

"Businesses have used systems that require multiple downloads and a complex chain of authentication."

It's possible that standard devices will move away from passwords altogether for a different approach to verification. According to TechCrunch, Google is developing a system for Android phones that would use intelligent data to determine correct users instead of traditional methods.

Google researcher Daniel Kaufman spoke about this system at a recent conference. "We have a phone, and these phones have all these sensors in them," he said, as TechCrunch noted. "Why couldn't it just know who I was, so I don't need a password? I should just be able to work."

Inventu's Flynet gives enterprises the tools to move away from convoluted systems and instead create a concentrated approach to app management. Integrate seamlessly with various mainframe systems for an optimized emulation experience. Users can also automate synchronization and work closely aligned with other platforms.