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3 Multi-factor Authentication Best Practices Every Bank Should Have

With the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), there has been a 238% surge in cyberattacks against banks and financial institutions. Throughout the year, many financial services organizations have been exposed due to a poor cybersecurity infrastructure, and as many cybercriminals are getting more innovative in their cyberattack methods (cloud hijacking, AI machine manipulation, etc.), the financial...

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Tags: Authentication, information security, MFA, Single Sign-On, Two-Factor Authentication, end-users

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Ask Christopher: The Benefits of a Cloud-Based IAM Solution

Cloud computing is a popular topic of discussion in the current digital landscape. When the COVID-19 pandemic first landed, organizations in all verticals – from small businesses to Higher Education and Fortune 500 companies – were struck hard and fast with a new requirement: a remote and/or mobile workforce.

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Tags: information security, PortalGuard, Cloud Authentication, cloud computing, IDaaS, Cloud IAM

Ask Christopher: Alternative Biometric MFA Options

In many ways, the upcoming summer signifies a huge step forward for everyone. We are halfway out of the dark side of a global pandemic, and each one of us has honed skills both new and old. Many individuals have taken this dark time and made it even darker by attacking those who are already struggling to find a sense of normalcy. Balancing the physical world and the digital one is no longer a...

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Quick Tip: The Dangers of Password Reuse

Another day, another data breach. As we have experienced, organizations being a victim of data breaches are no longer a matter of "if" but "when". Day after day, more and more organizations are falling victim to cyberattacks, like the recent 2021 attacks on the Colonial Pipeline which affected gas stations all throughout the East Coast into Texas and the JBS Meat Factory cyberattack. These...

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Tags: Authentication, best practices, information security, MFA, #passwords, Dynamic Analysis, Single Sign-On

Ask Christopher – Contextual Authentication Security

I’m going to be very frank: a LOT of questions come through the support team here at PistolStar, Inc. That’s not a bad thing – in fact, I love it!  Questions keep me going, and I like to see what customers and prospects can come up with.  A good ‘stumper’ goes a long way!  Moving forward, I will be taking a look at the most popular or frequent questions that come through the support desk, and...

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Tags: contextual authentication, HelpDesk, information security, PortalGuard, SSO, SSPR, #userexperience, secure login, Ask Christopher, end-users

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Ask Christopher: Mitigating the Risk of Phishing Attacks with MFA

Hackers are a blight on the digital scenery where we all spend most of our time, and phishing attacks are one of the oldest tricks in the book. Whether it’s at work or home, modern technology has made the digital world all but necessary. In this environment, hackers and malicious users are the banes of each admin and end-user attempting to get things done. Amid the recent pandemic, the leaches...

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Tags: #cyberattacks, #HumanFactor, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, #phishing, Ask Christopher, security risk, end-users

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Sharepoint Password Expiration Example: Poor UI

 

SharePoint password expiration: that alone is often enough to make chills run down the back of a typical IT administrator. Regardless of the environment, the SharePoint platform remains a popular choice for many organizations. Reasons vary, of course, but the fact remains that the SharePoint platform shows up just about everywhere, even today. That’s not to say that everything with the...

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Tags: Authentication, Identity Provider, User Experience, password expiration, Password Management, #SharePoint, User Authentication

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Ask Christopher: Enable MFA For Password Reset

It is now November 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic is still in full swing. Pandemic culture requires everyone to spend more time at home, affording additional opportunities to take advantage of the myriad benefits found in the digital age. During this particular season, I’m talking about shopping online, of course! The increase in dependency on online activity has also led to an increase in the...

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Tags: MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, password fatigue, #passwords, PortalGuard, #passwordrecovery, SSPR, information systems

Let’s Talk Desktop 2FA

Desktop 2FA is a more modern take on the Two-Factor Authentication idea.  The notion is to add the level of security brought by 2FA to the end-user’s machine.  In an era where Data Breaches have become a norm, the question is no longer if data will be compromised, but when.  When credentials are captured and data is exposed, Desktop 2FA adds an additional layer of security to ensure personal and...

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Tags: Compliance, Two-Factor Authentication, #YubiKey, Biometrics, BIO-key International