As the work environment around the world has constantly changed over the past two years, changes in safety have been necessary and noticeable. And it looks like India and Indian firms are taking cyber security very seriously.

A new study by Thales Group, a French multinational company that designs, develops and manufactures systems and equipment for the aerospace, defense, transport and security sectors, found that while global MFA or multi-factor authentication in 2022 was pegged at 56 percent, India’s adoption rate rose to 66 percent.

“India achieved both the highest percentage of MFA adoption and the highest overall percentage of MFA usage, increasing by 19 percentage points to 66 percent this year. India is followed by Singapore with adoption up 17 percentage points to 64 percent and the UAE up 10 percentage points to 65 percent,” Thales Access Management Index 2022 revealed.

For those who don’t know, MFA or multi-factor authentication is a security technology that requires multiple methods of authenticating credentials to log into an account or enable an online transaction. The easiest example to recognize this would be Google’s 2-factor authentication, which is used whenever a user tries to log in from a new or unknown device or one used by Facebook.

Global MFA usage was highest at 68 percent among remote workers. It is followed by 52% of privileged users.

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The report also found that MFA adoption by both in-house and non-IT staff is growing, with MFA adoption rising to 40 percent in 2022, up from 34 percent in 2021.

Consistent with the rise in MFA adoption, the number of professionals worldwide who are very concerned about the security risks of telecommuting fell to 31 percent in 2022 from 39 percent in 2021.

Additionally, 84 percent of IT professionals worldwide expressed confidence in their user access security systems to enable easy and secure remote work. In 2021, it was 56 percent.

The survey further revealed that the pandemic has also affected plans to deploy cloud-based access management. In 2022, 45 percent of respondents chose him, compared to 41 percent in 2021.

In 2021, Zero Trust Network Access/Software Defined Perimeter (ZTNA)/(SDP) was the top choice, chosen by 44 percent of respondents worldwide. In 2022, ZTNA was the second choice with 42 percent.

According to ZTNA, all users, both inside and outside the organization’s network, must undergo authentication, authorization, and ongoing security configuration checks before gaining or maintaining access to programs and data.