How to choose the best mobile identity solutions for your company

By Jonathan Crowl

Mobile identity security does more than just open new technological doors. These solutions for verifying users can radically change entire industries, even economies, by reducing barriers to collaboration, combating fraud and increasing transparency. By putting the right mobile identity solutions into place, enterprises can expand the possibilities of mobile technology, turning smartphones and tablets into hubs for tasks that were once deemed too important and sensitive to be handled online. As such, every organization can benefit from this increased functionality, regardless of their industry.

Just like in 2015, mobile identity security is set to have a strong presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress, as emerging solutions providers and an increasing need for identity management tools continue to push this corner of mobile tech to new heights.

Here are some key factors that organizations should consider before investing in any one mobile identity solution product:

What degree of authentication is required?

Not every company — or every user activity, for that matter — needs the same degree of authentication. For instance, you would likely put more intensive requirements on legally binding agreements than social media content. Therefore, it’s essential for you to decide the level of authentication that’s required in each scenario. There’s no need for you invest in the most robust authentication tools available when a practical, middle-of-the-road solution can address your needs.

As Security Document World notes, you should look for markers of high performance and cutting-edge technology in cases where you do need more advanced authentication. When speaking to different solutions providers, be sure to cover how they handle mobile signatures, use identity proofing and store sensitive data. For instance, they may use a mobile SIM card or another embedded security element.

How easy is it to integrate this solution with other technologies?

When weighing different mobile identity solutions, it’s critical to think about their ability to integrate with other technologies. Solutions that can’t easily merge with web and mobile applications are likely to limit the possibilities of your mobile infrastructure over time, often producing a worse end product. As such, you should look for providers that are developer-friendly, offering APIs and SDKs that make the integration of other technologies — including additional, cutting-edge authentication technologies — easy and straightforward. This will be especially beneficial in the future as your needs evolve and new technologies enter the mobile sphere.

How far should mobile identity extend?

You will also need to determine the degree to which mobile identity solutions should be deployed. Some solutions, for example, can extend their coverage beyond mobile endpoints and into the cloud, bolstering cloud security through a combination of identity management and mobile authentication.

In this situation, you also need your mobile identity solution to function effectively outside of the company’s physical bounds. As such, it’s often useful to perform a risk assessment to gauge the potential hazards involved in any authorization request. By evaluating the relative risk of certain actions and the access needs of individual employees, the identity solution can build authorization risk profiles to better control access and ensure security through identity verification.

As long as you match mobile identity solutions to the specific needs of your organization, you will be met with newfound security and freedom — for your employees as well as your company.

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Jonathan Crowl

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Jonathan Crowl has served as a tech writer and reporter for a number of tech publications and corporations. Specializing in mobile technology and digital startups, he is based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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