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Read below for news, insights, and discussion on identity and access management.

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Beyond Passwords: Exploring the Advantages of Passwordless MFA

Traditional passwords, once considered the primary line of defense, are no longer sufficient to protect sensitive information. As a result, organizations and individuals are exploring alternative authentication methods that provide an additional layer of security.

One such approach is Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), which goes beyond the traditional username-password combination by requiring...

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Protecting Privacy: Biometric Single Sign On in Healthcare

In an era where the protection of sensitive data and secure access to information are paramount, healthcare organizations face unique challenges in ensuring the privacy and integrity of patient information. With the increasing digitization of medical records and the growing complexity of healthcare systems, traditional authentication methods such as passwords and usernames are proving to be...

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Adaptive Authentication: Balancing Convenience and Security

Ensuring the security of user accounts and data has become paramount in today's digital landscape. At the same time, users expect a seamless and convenient experience when accessing their online accounts and services. Striking the right balance between security and convenience has been an ongoing challenge for organizations. Fortunately, adaptive authentication has emerged as a solution that...

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Step-by-Step Guide: How to Bind a Mac to Active Directory

Binding Apple Mac computers to a Windows Active Directory (AD) domain is a crucial step in creating a unified and seamless IT environment. As organizations increasingly adopt a mixed-platform approach, integrating macOS devices with a Windows AD domain becomes essential for efficient user management, centralized authentication, and streamlined access to shared resources.

In this step-by-step...

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Fortifying Security: The Top 3 MFA Best Practices for Organizations

One of the most effective ways to enhance security in today's digital landscape is through the implementation of multi-factor authentication (MFA). As cyber threats continue to evolve and data breaches become increasingly common, relying solely on passwords for authentication is no longer sufficient. MFA provides an additional layer of protection by requiring users to provide multiple forms of...

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Mastering VPN Authentication: Best Practices for Enhanced Security

As organizations continue to adopt Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) for secure connections, mastering VPN authentication best practices becomes increasingly crucial. 

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Passkeys vs Security Keys: Which One Offers Better Protection?

Organizations are increasingly recognizing the limitations and vulnerabilities associated with traditional password-based authentication. As a result, many are turning to passwordless authentication methods to enhance their security posture and improve user experience. 

Two popular methods gaining traction are passkeys and security keys. Passkeys operatewithin the FIDO2 WebAuthnstandards...

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SAML Single Logout: Simplifying User Session Management

As organizations embrace Single Sign-On (SSO) and federated identity management (FIM), the demand for effective session management and heightened security measures becomes paramount.

Single Logout (SLO) is a feature specific to the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) protocol, which is a widely adopted XML-based standard for exchanging authentication and authorization data between...

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Predicting Cyberattack Trends for 2024 and Beyond

As we near the end of 2023, it is crucial to reflect on the evolving cyberattack landscape that has defined this year. Understanding the prevalent attack types becomes paramount as we prepare ourselves to face the challenges that lie ahead.

In this blog, we delve into the cyberattack trends that have shaped 2023, shedding light on the common types of attacks that have targeted organizations...

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Understanding Identity-Bound Biometrics

With employees working from home and on the go, strong authentication becomes even more critical to positively identify end-users when they are logging in from an unknown device or a new location. Even on-site shared workstations present the same concern: how do you know if the person using the device or machine is authorized to do so? How can you be confident that the user who signed into the...

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The Future of Authentication: Identity-Bound Biometrics and Its Potential

In today's digital age, where sensitive information and valuable assets are increasingly stored and accessed online, the importance of robust authentication methods cannot be overstated. Traditional methods like passwords, OTPs, security questions, hardware tokens, and mobile authenticator apps, while widely used, have proven to be susceptible to breaches, user negligence, and various...

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The Evolution of Phishing Attacks: Recognizing Modern Tactics

Phishing attacks have remained a persistent and pervasive threat in the digital landscape, preying on individuals and organizations alike. As technology advances, cyber criminals adapt their phishing tactics, emphasizing the critical need for vigilance and awareness. It is essential to recognize that the human element often represents the most vulnerable aspect of any system or organization. By...

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Biometric Single Sign-On: Enhancing Security and User Experience

In today's digital landscape, where individuals interact with numerous applications and systems, managing multiple usernames and passwords is burdensome and poses security risks. Biometric Single Sign-On (SSO) is an advanced authentication solution that leverages biometric technology to provide a secure and convenient way for users to access multiple applications and systems using a single set...

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Cyber Security Fundamentals: CIA Triad and AAA

One of the first concepts you will learn when studying Cyber Security is the CIA Triad, which stands for Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability. These are the three main pillars around which information and data security revolve.

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Growing Demand for Cybersecurity: How Vendors Can Support Their MSPs

With the increasing complexity of IT systems and the benefits of outsourcing IT services, the use of managed service providers (MSPs) has grown significantly among organizations, from SMBs to enterprises. 

At the same time, many MSPs are seizing the opportunity as a “one-stop-shop” for their clients by offering an all-inclusive tech stack that covers the bases for their clients’ needs. One area...

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Securing Endpoints: How to keep your desktops and workstations safe

Desktop computers and workstations are an indispensable part of enterprise operations and contain a wealth of information that organizations want to keep safe. However, without adequate endpoint security in place, desktops and workstations can be exploited to access corporate networks, causing irreparable damage and disrupting operations indefinitely. Thus, strong security protocols are critical...

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The Reality of Today's Passwordless Hype

Think about this: what are you actually authenticating when someone requests access to your systems, data, and other critical parts of your business?

54% of IT and cybersecurity professionals have started to transition to passwordless authentication. Unfortunately, most common passwordless solutions are possession-based (e.g. hardware security keys, phone-based push tokens, authenticator apps,...

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Is Biometric Authentication on Smartphones Secure?

Over 85% of the world’s population own a smartphone in 20231, and many smartphone vendors, such as Samsung and Apple, have introduced biometric authentication capabilities to enhance the overall user experience, including fingerprint scanning, face, and voice recognition. In fact, Cisco reported that 81% of all smartphones have built-in biometrics capabilities in 20222.

As more users adopt ...

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Modern Approach to Bolster Supply Chain Cybersecurity

To say it’s been an eventful few years for supply chain risk management would be a massive understatement. From delays and disruptions to complete ceases in activity, supply chains have seen it all. While this chaos sparked a tremendous amount of innovation around supply chain technology – which is a positive thing – it also created a vast world of new opportunities for cyber criminals. 

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Pros and Cons: Cybersecurity Outsourcing

Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is outsourcing cybersecurity? Outsourced cybersecurity is when an organization enlists the support of an outside third-party to manage a range of sophisticated security needs, including network security, operational security, application security, and information security. This can be a daunting undertaking for many companies, which is why the use of...

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Cyber Security Spend by Industry: How Companies Prioritize Budget

With cyber attacks reaching a record high in 2022, it’s time to ask if organizations should raise their cybersecurity budgets. Currently, small and medium-sized enterprises spend only 10% of their annual IT budget on cybersecurity companies for services and solutions 1. While there are, of course, other key budget considerations to take into account, this allocation does not match the rapid...

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Top 3 Myths & Misconceptions: How Does Biometric Authentication Work?

And Why is Identity-Bound Biometrics Different?

Ever since biometrics made its Hollywood debut in international espionage movies, there’s been quite a bit of misrepresentation. The scene of vast digital catalogs housing peoples’ actual images and fingerprints has seeped through the big screen to mold – and misconstrue – our perceptions of biometrics in reality.

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Cybersecurity Trends 2023: Passwordless & Proactive Methodology

It shouldn’t be surprising that cyberattacks did major damage this year – as the cost of a data breach has reached a new record. Unfortunately, there is no sign of slowing down, and in 2023, we’re expecting cyberattacks to be even more effective and damaging.  

There are some signs of life, however, as more industries are understanding how critical cybersecurity is, and they are now beginning to...

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We Asked IT Professionals – What Dish Would Cybersecurity Be?

As we approach the end of the year, many organizations and employees alike are beginning to wind down for the upcoming holiday season. Those living in the United States can look forward to large potluck dinners and family gatherings for the upcoming holiday – Thanksgiving.

However, what makes Thanksgiving a “Thanksgiving dinner” is the classic dishes that are served throughout the night:...

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EDUCAUSE 2022: Key Trends in Higher Education Cybersecurity

For the annual EDUCAUSE Conference, which was held from October 22 - 25, 2022, we set off to Denver to discuss today's prominent topics in cybersecurity for higher education institutions. The BIO-key team connected with a range of colleges and universities to explore the major cybersecurity challenges and pain points many are experiencing, as well as the opportunities ahead to overcome these...

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