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Microsoft Partner of the Year, Denis O'Shea, talks through what a password-less world looks like (Ep. 115)
Episode 11520th October 2022 • Remarkable Leadership Lessons • Denise Cooper
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80% of people prioritize their personal privacy over their organizational security.

The average person is overloaded with passwords to remember. What if instead of giving the same old online security training, we started making it about personal privacy? When you think about it, your company has your salary information, your social security details, and your home address, and they have an obligation to make sure it never gets leaked.

By talking about data security in terms of personal privacy, you can not only get the ear of the people in your organization - but you can also make your company more secure. We know that people are sick and tired of passwords, each person has upwards of 97 passwords as of 2022. The answer is not to write your password in a book, it's not writing them in an app, or having a browser remember all your passwords.

What would it look like to go password-less? With the technology we have available today we can rely on biometrics, multi-factor authentication, and single sign on.

In this week's episode, we interview Mircosoft Partner of the year, Denis O'Shea for his take on what data security looks like for 2022 and beyond. If you're wondering how to be more aware of your digital privacy whether you're working at home or in an office, this is the episode for you.


  1. Why are you so passionate about the idea of businesses going paper-less, server-less, and password-less? [4:19]
  2. After doing a study on how people work in a post-pandemic setting, what did you learn? [6:28]
  3. What do people need to do to secure their home office when working remotely?[14:47]
  4. What role do generational differences play in the approach to data security? [20:44]
  5. A key question in interviews is, "do I have to come into the office?". For people who grew up in a world that was physically unsafe, it relates back to privacy. How much of this drive for privacy is tied to the need for personal agency? [30:48]




Denis O’Shea founded Mobile Mentor in New Zealand in 2004. Since then,

the company has helped millions of people unlock the full potential of their

technology. In 2017, O’Shea moved to Nashville, Tennessee to launch the

company’s US business, with a focus on securing the mobile workforce in

industries such as healthcare, education, finance and government services.

Mobile Mentor is a global leader in the endpoint ecosystem, helping clients to

navigate the right balance between security and employee experience. The

company was named Microsoft’s 2021 Global Partner of the year for Modern

Endpoint Management primarily for their work helping Alive Hospice safely treat

patients during COVID 19. In addition to being a top Microsoft partner, they are also

certified by Apple and Google. Mobile Mentor has recently worked with Vanderbilt

University Medical Center, Michigan Medicine, Mayo Clinic and the US Coast Guard.