RSA CEO Rohit Ghai on Authenticating Users to Mobile Devices

How to secure BYOD devices without installing software or creating friction

Michael Novinson (MichaelNovinson) •
November 21, 2022



Rohit Ghai, CEO, RSA

The long separation between mobile app discovery and identity and access management has fueled cyber incidents and breaches as remote work has expanded.

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Workers using personal smartphones don’t want to install corporate endpoint management products, but still need to ensure the user and device are protected while performing business functions, says RSA CEO Rohit Ghai. To solve this common vulnerability, employers need technology that can protect personal mobile devices without involving the company’s security operations team or interfering with the user experience, says Ghai (see: RSA CEO Rohit Ghai: “Disruption catalyzes transformation”).

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“If it’s not a company-managed device, you’re not as sure if the device is jailbroken, if it’s compromised, or if it’s in the possession of the actual user you’re trying to authenticate,” Ghai says. “This lack of security creates an authentication vulnerability because this compromised device could potentially be used to access sensitive corporate data.”

In this video interview with the Information Security Media Group, Ghai discusses:

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  • What has changed regarding threat detection on mobile devices;
  • Drivers and options for passwordless authentication;
  • Most requested services for RSA authentication products.

Prior to RSA’s September 2020 acquisition by Symphony Technology Group, Ghai served as president of RSA during its tenure as a Dell Technologies business. He previously served as president of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, where he revitalized the portfolio for the digital age through strategic partnerships and acquisitions. Ghai was responsible for all aspects of ECD’s business, including sales and services, channel strategy, product development, marketing, finance, support and customer success. He joined Dell EMC in December 2009 to lead product development and was ECD’s chief operating officer before becoming president. Ghai joined Dell EMC from Symantec, where he held a variety of senior engineering and general management roles. Previously, he worked at Computer Associates in a number of senior leadership roles in the BrightStor and eTrust business units, and he led CA India operations as Chief Technology Officer. Ghai joined CA through the acquisition of Cheyenne Software, a backup and data protection startup.

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