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Finding the Right Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Solution

The traditional method of authenticating to a network or endpoint uses a single factor – a combination of a username and password that the user enters to gain access. That approach is fraught with security problems, including the fact that users will generally use simple passwords that are easy for them to remember (and easy for bad actors to guess or determine through brute force techniques),...

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Tags: MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, Biometrics, zero trust

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The Rise of Zero-Trust Architecture

Josef Stalin is supposed to have once said, “I trust no one, not even myself”. While murderous dictators are normally not reliable sources of useful information, this quote properly summarizes the essence of the Zero Trust architecture, which the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines as:

“The term for an evolving set of cybersecurity paradigms that move defenses from...

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Tags: MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, zero trust

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County Elected Officials: Three Cybersecurity Questions You Should Ask Your IT Team

After attending the NACo Annual Conference this year and having the pleasure of speaking with hundreds of county elected officials and their IT teams, it was clear that the topic of cybersecurity was top of mind for everyone. The recent headlines about cyberattacks, especially ransomware on major organizations including Tyler Technologies, Solarwinds, the Colonial Pipeline, JBS, and Kaseya...

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Tags: IT Security, Cyber Security, IT Department, state and local

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Moving Toward a Passwordless Environment with Biometrics

Moving Away from Passwords

The use of passwords – the traditional method for employees and customers to access networks, applications, data sources and other elements of the IT infrastructure – is the most common method of authentication. They have the advantage of being easy to implement, they are cost-effective, they can be entered from virtually any device with a keyboard, and they offer...

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Why is the Healthcare Industry a Prime Target for Ransomware Attacks?

Recent cyberattacks have targeted hospitals, crippling systems for weeks and disrupting patient care.  Over the past several weeks, hospitals in Ireland, New Zealand, and San Diego have been hit by ransomware attacks that have disrupted systems for periods lasting as long as several weeks. Ransom demands for healthcare breaches currently average $4.6 million

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Tags: healthcare, secure passwords, Biometrics, Ransomware, ransomware attacks

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Improving User Experience Everywhere with Single Sign-On

Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit a lot of offices, many organizations have migrated to a fully remote or a hybrid workforce. Regardless, a lot more employees and users find themselves in a more digital environment than before, so improving digital user experience has been a priority for some. Say, for example, you’re an average office worker or student trying to access your work. You wait for...

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Tags: Authentication, #bestpractices, identity management, PortalGuard, SSO, Password Security, SAML, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), #singlesign-on

Dissecting the Colonial Pipeline Attack: Illustrating the Weakness of Traditional Cybersecurity Methods

On May 7, a cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline forced the shutdown of the East Coast’s largest gasoline pipeline, disrupting gas supplies for several days. Cyberattacks have become increasingly common and this latest breach highlighted the vulnerability of the country’s critical infrastructure.

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Tags: MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, passwordless, multi-factor

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Improving Cybersecurity Readiness Across the Government Sector

The collective government sector, including state and local governments, municipalities, city councils, local law and federal, and other government entities continue to be a target for cyberattacks. Unfortunately, in 2021, there continue to be more cyberattacks, with more future threats on the horizon. According to a recent article on ZDNet, in 2020 the government sector had 16% of the total...

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Tags: #cybersecurity, MFA, #phishing, Federal Government, Biometrics, cybersecurity leaders, state and local

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2 Year Cyber Threat Outlook for Higher Education

With the education sector being a large target for cyberattacks and having to face numerous types of threats, IT teams in school districts need to be aware of current threats and the future ones that are steadily approaching. As more schools are going hybrid in the effort to combat COVID-19, many threat actors are using a variety of techniques for cyberattacks.

Here is our cybersecurity outlook...

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Tags: #cybersecurity, Education, higher education, identity management, IAM, iam strategy, cyberthreat