/>
X

2019's tech, security, and authentication trends

We take a look at the top tech, cybersecurity, and authentication trends as revealed today by the Duo Security's 2019 Trusted Access Report, which includes data from 24 million devices, one million apps and services, and billions of authentications.

|
catalin-cimpanu.jpg
|
Google Chrome dominant
1 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Google Chrome dominant in the enterprise

Google Chrome continues to be the favorite browser installed on enterprise devices, and its market share is growing every year, according to the findings of the 2019 Duo Trusted Access Report, which aggregated data from over 25 million devices with Duo authentication solutions installed.

Adobe Flash Player market share going down
2 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Adobe Flash Player market share going down

The percentage of browsers where Flash is still installed has gone down to 29% in 2019, down from a whopping 76% in 2017.

Edge is the most out-of-date browser
3 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Edge is the most out-of-date browser

The most frequent out-of-date browser is Microsoft Edge, with 73% of all instances running an older version. In comparison, the most up-to-date browser is Internet Explorer, but the last IE version came out almost a decade ago, and users have had plenty of time to update. In reality, users shouldn't be using IE at all.

Android leads out-of-date devices
4 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Android leads out-of-date devices

While the number of out-of-date Android devices has gone down since last year, Android smartphones and tablets continue to remain the most out-of-date devices overall, followed by those running macOS, ChromeOS, and iOS.

Windows 10 adoption up, Windows 7 going down
5 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Windows 10 adoption up, Windows 7 going down

After years of trying to convince users to give up on Windows 7 and move on to Windows 10, Microsoft's efforts are finally paying off. According to Duo, over the last two years, Windows 7's enterprise market share has gone down from 65% in 2017, to only 29% in 2019, while Windows 10 has gone from 27% to 66%.

Windows 7 & 10 adoption per industry
6 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Windows 7 & 10 adoption per industry

The industry verticals where Windows 10 is dominating Windows 7 are wholesale & distribution, business services, and non-profits. On the other hand, Windows 7 still maintains a stronghold in transportation & storage, computer & electronics (ironically), and healthcare.

More iOS devices
7 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

More iOS devices

Duo, which was recently acquired by Cisco, says that while Windows is the dominant OS in the enterprise sector, iOS has been the operating system who gained the most users in the first half of 2019.

Cloud usage increases
8 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Cloud usage increases

The number of app integrations and authentication requests for cloud-based services has gone through the roof in 2019, showing that cloud-based apps are becoming more popular by the day, and confirming an industry trend where businesses are moving their internal apps to cloud-based infrastructures, for mobility and convenience.

Top enterprise policies
9 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Top enterprise policies

The most popular enterprise policies configured in Duo's authentication solutions were: login location restrictions (51% of companies used this policy), device must use a screen-lock (27%), device must use disk encryption (22%), and companies disallow logins from anonymous IP addresses (20%).

China leads top restricted locations
10 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

China leads top restricted locations

Breaking down the most popular enterprise policy configured by companies, Duo says most businesses chose to block logins from countries such as China, Russia, the US, India, or France.

SMS-based authentication is falling
11 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

SMS-based authentication is falling

The number of companies who use SMS-based authentication has gone down to less than 3% in 2019, according to Duo, who previously saw levels of between 6 and 8% n 2016.

Biometrics use is rising
12 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Biometrics use is rising

But while SMS 2FA is going down, biometrics-based login solutions are on the rise. Duo says the number of devices where a biometrics-based login solution was enabled has grown from 68% in 2016 to 77% in 2019.

Phishing is less effective
13 of 13 Image: Duo Security, ZDNet

Phishing is less effective

And the final food news is that Duo users are falling to fewer and fewer (test) phishing attacks. The number of users who lost credentials in Duo-managed phishing tests has gone down from 65% in 2017 to 47% in 2019. The number is not great, but it's an improvement after all.

Related Galleries

The Nightmare in Silicon Valley: 8 horror technologies that should scare you to death
try.jpg

Related Galleries

The Nightmare in Silicon Valley: 8 horror technologies that should scare you to death

2019's tech, security, and authentication trends
Tech chart graph stats

Related Galleries

2019's tech, security, and authentication trends

Five Brazilian tech startups you could be working for
tuv8441.jpg

Related Galleries

Five Brazilian tech startups you could be working for

All the Chromium-based browsers
Chromium

Related Galleries

All the Chromium-based browsers

20 best apps and gadgets for replacing your assistant (that aren't named Siri)
assistanttile.jpg

Related Galleries

20 best apps and gadgets for replacing your assistant (that aren't named Siri)

The best travel tech of 2017
traveltechtravelmate.jpg

Related Galleries

The best travel tech of 2017

The 20 best office spaces we've ever seen
killerofficebarbarian-group.jpg

Related Galleries

The 20 best office spaces we've ever seen