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Gregg Browinski

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Three Ways PortalGuard Is Serving Up A Competitive Advantage

There are numerous options for Identity and Access Management (IAM) software in today's market. The wealth of information available from vendors provides ample resources for self-guided research, but it also makes it difficult to separate marketing messaging from the explicit answers you need to evaluate and make an informed decision. This post side-steps any feature/functionality checklists and...

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Tags: Authentication, identity management, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, SSO, IAM

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Discussing CSRF Attacks and SameSite Cookies

CSRF attacks, the Cookie Snatcher

Many malicious attacks against users browsing the web involve the use of cookies. Websites often use cookies to keep track of your logon session.

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Tags: information security, SSO, Single Sign-On, cookies

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PortalGuard vs. Microsoft Azure AD: A Direct Comparison

When it comes to purchases or big decisions, there is no shortage of quotes, quips and clichés. "You get what you pay for", "there's no free lunch" and "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is". Any decision takes careful research and Identity Management decisions are among the most crucial that a business can make. Previous blog posts examined hidden costs for Microsoft ADFS and made...

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Tags: MFA, Microsoft, Multi-Factor Authentication, SSO, SSPR, Two-Factor Authentication, #userexperience

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How Can a Cloud Provider Securely Access my Active Directory?

More users and companies are running software applications in the cloud than ever before. When even the US Federal government is looking to get into the cloud, it's a clear indication that it has reached wide acceptance. Similarly, Identity as a Service (IDaaS) has been around for years, but how often do admins considering this approach bother to take a deeper dive into the issue of directory...

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Tags: Authentication, encryption, firewall, Identity Federation, information security, Access Control, Access Management, Active Directory, User Authentication, VPN, OAuth 2.0, IDaaS

PortalGuard's Latest in Feature Updates - Summer 2019

There is never a shortage of feature and enhancement requests from our customer base. These have been critical to ensuring PortalGuard's relevance in the authentication space so keep them coming! Features that make it into PortalGuard are either directly funded by a customer through our Tailored Authentication program or they are requested by multiple customers. For the latter case, these...

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Tags: Authentication, Compliance, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, PortalGuard, Product Updates, Access Control, Access Management, Active Directory, Two-Factor Authentication, secure login, security risk, login session, mobile authentication, Biometrics, fingerprint readers, end-users, voice recognition, web-key, BIO-key International

It took 10 years, but the future has arrived for Multi-Factor Authentication!

The internet is a curious thing. It empowers us by being a gateway to the world's information, increases productivity by enabling us to work anywhere in the world and entertains us by streaming decades' worth of music, movies and television shows with a few clicks. Unfortunately, it also harbors the worst kinds of profit or thrill-seeking miscreants and criminals whether they are working alone in...

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Tags: Authentication, information security, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, #passwords, data breach, #phishing, Two-Factor Authentication, #YubiKey, Google Authenticator, Duo, FIDO, Biometrics, information systems, technology evolution, fingerprint readers, passwordless, Web Authentication

The Benefits of Two-Factor for Your Offline Desktop

Why Require Two Factor for Windows Logons?

PortalGuard has offered two-factor authentication for Windows workstations and servers as part of its PortalGuard Desktop offering since 2013. As with all multi-factor initiatives, the primary use case is to increase security. As an example, multiple customers have installed the PortalGuard Desktop two-factor authentication on Windows servers in their...

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Tags: information security, MFA, Microsoft Active Directory, Multi-Factor Authentication, PortalGuard, #One-time password, Two-Factor Authentication, Windows 10, #YubiKey, Duo, mobile authenticator

Importance of Third-Party Testing and Verification

All companies that create software necessarily do varying degrees of internal testing. There are numerous types of which can include: unit, system or "end-to-end", regression, performance, load or "stress", accessibility and security. Yes, that is a LOT and it's only a sample! Having a dedicated team of specialists for this purpose is ideal, but anyone that works with the same product daily is...

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Tags: Authentication, #cyberattacks, HelpDesk, #passwords, PortalGuard, SSO, User Experience, Password Management, #phishing, SSPR, end-users

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Trending Cybersecurity Attack Types

Another year and another batch of grey hairs for network security engineers tasked with keeping their organization's data safe and secure. For this article, we're going to narrow our focus to two specific types of attacks in cyber security: Password Spraying and Ransomware.

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Tags: Authentication, #cyberattacks, #cybersecurity, information security, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, Access Control, Access Management, account management, office 365, #phishing, reCAPTCHA, Two-Factor Authentication, password spraying, Ransomware, Denial of Service, Account Lockout