RSA CEO Rohit Ghai on Authenticating Users to Mobile Devices

How to defend BYOD devices without installing software or creating friction

Michael Novinson (Michael Novinson) •
November 21, 2022

Rohit Ghai, CEO, RSA

The long-standing gap between mobile app detection and identity and access management has fueled cyber incidents and breaches as remote work has expanded.

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Employees using personal smartphones don’t want to install corporate endpoint management products, but still need to ensure both users and devices are protected while performing business functions, says Rohit Ghai, CEO of RSA. To close this common security gap, employers need technology that can protect personal mobile devices without involving the company’s security operations team or compromising the user experience, says Ghai (see: RSA CEO Rohit Ghai: “Disruptions Catalyze Transformation”).

“Unless it’s a company-managed device, you don’t have as much certainty as to whether the device has been jailbroken, compromised, or owned by the actual user you’re trying to authenticate,” Ghai says. “This lack of security creates a vulnerability in terms of authentication, as this compromised device could potentially be used to access sensitive data within the organization.”

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

  • How has mobile threat detection changed?
  • drivers and options for passwordless authentication;
  • The most in-demand services for RSA’s authentication products.

Prior to RSA’s acquisition by Symphony Technology Group in September 2020, Ghai served as President of RSA during his tenure as a Dell Technologies company. Previously, he was President of Dell EMC’s Enterprise Content Division, where he reinvigorated the portfolio through strategic partnerships and acquisitions for the digital age. Ghai was responsible for all aspects of the ECD business including sales and service, sales strategy, product development, marketing, finance, support and customer success. He joined Dell EMC in December 2009 to lead product development and was Chief Operating Officer of ECD before becoming President. Ghai joined Dell EMC from Symantec where he held various senior engineering and general management positions. Previously, he held various management positions at Computer Associates in the BrightStor and eTrust businesses and served as Chief Technology Officer, leading operations of CA India. Ghai came to CA through the acquisition of Cheyenne Software, a backup and data protection startup.