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Parents - The Other Type of Hacker...

It seems like every other day you hear about a new data breach or some new scam designed to steal credentials of the unsuspecting end user. With the advent of social media, it’s now easier than ever to social engineer a person’s identity for nefarious intent. With these constant barrages of attacks, there is a heavy focus in the community on executing best practices for navigating the murky...

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Reducing Help Desk Calls and Providing a Tailored Authentication Solution to Educational Institutions

Why Do Schools want PortalGuard? 

When working with clients in education, we’ve heard the challenges they face when attempting to increase security while enhancing the user experience for their students and faculty. What we’ve learned during our engagements with clients is that most educational institutions face the same problems even if they have vastly different IT environments. The nature...

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Tags: Education, Education Portals, higher education, PortalGuard, #securityandusability, #selfservice, usability, User Experience, PortalGuard for Education, selfservicepasswordreset, Single Sign-On, two-factor, Two-Factor Authentication, #twofactor, User Authentication, Password Reset from the Mac Desktop, reducing help desk calls, Custom Branding, increase security

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Secure Single Sign-on to Ellucian Products

The advent of online resources that are becoming more accessible to students in higher education has spawned the need to streamline access to online systems. This is a common theme and reason why our education customers contact PortalGuard. They are looking for a single sign-on solution that would allow their students to focus on learning rather than managing passwords and logins.

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Tags: Ellucian, higher education, SSO, #singlesign-on, tech support, Two-Factor Authentication, Single Sign-On Options, flexibility, security trends, secure login

A Solution for Multiple SSO Integration Challenges

 

The search for a fully integrated authentication solution to provide to your students, parents, and faculty can be an overwhelming challenge. Oaks Christian School, an independent, college-preparatory school in California met that challenge head on in 2017. PortalGuard was chosen to provide them with this service because of its excellence in the authentication industry.

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Tags: 2FA, Authentication, Authentication Methods, Authentication Security, best practices, California, identity management, #passwordmanagement, PortalGuard, SSO, Uncategorized, #2FA, data security, Oaks Christian School, Password Management, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), SSPR, Two-Factor Authentication, User Authentication

What Makes a Strong Password - A Call To Arms

There is darkness within the realm, and it is borne from a question whispered in the shadows: what makes a strong password? Within the depths of your kingdom, an immense emptiness cloaks the entirety of your network infrastructure in a shroud of password ignorance.  You have spent countless hours shoring up your defenses, articulately placing safeguards to ensure a secure environment for...

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Tags: Authentication Security, Call to Arms, SSO, strong password, Password Management, Password Security, SSPR

Email Password Expiration Notification Pros & Cons

In this day and age, organizations are burdened with the monumental task of finding the perfect balance between a secure network and usability for their end users. Password expiration is a great way to ratchet up network security, but can cause end users to complain if they are required to change it too often - enter password expiration notification.

Finding the sweet spot for password...

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Tags: End user experience, frustration, usability, Dynamic Analysis, password expiration, Password Management, Self-Service Password Reset

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Importance of End User Adoption – Finding the Right Solution

Over the past 2 and half years, I have personally worked with hundreds of organizations to not only solve various security and password related pains, but also to improve end user adoption rates for newly deployed solutions. My experience has proven that this process can be painstakingly long and extremely thorough. The vetting process for a new solution usually involves many moving parts, so...

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Tags: Authentication, End user experience, identity management, Dynamic Analysis, Self-Service Password Reset, User Authentication, user convenience

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The Value of Information - Cyber Attacks

Believe it or not, the value of information is something that is constantly underrated and under appreciated.  Now, i’m not sure if you noticed, but there has been a noticeable increase in data breaches over the past 6 years. Sarcasm aside, we all remember the Anthems and Ashley Madisons of the world - big high profile companies that house an enormous amount of personal data that have...

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Tags: Authentication, Authentication Security, best practices, identity management, information security, IT Security

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Benefits of Self Service - What's the Point?

I've been plagued by a question recently: what are the benefits of self service that make the concept actually worth the trouble? I mean, why is self service such a big deal, especially in the digital world? Let’s face it; it’s human nature to take the path of least resistance. We, as a society, are forced to juggle millions of tasks that are all deemed top priority with the expectation of...

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Tags: Authentication Security, information security, self-service, Password Security, user convenience

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The Wizardry of SaaS SSO | Empower Up!

 

There comes a time in the tenure of every IT Warrior where they must take a long look in the mirror and make a tough choice for the betterment of the realm. You hear whispers on the winds of a company of sorcerers devoted to kingdom security – and providing SaaS SSO.

You have fought countless battles in defense of your castle walls. Endless waves of your enemies have crashed against the...

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Tags: Authentication Methods, PortalGuard, SaaS, SSO, Empower Up, Single Sign-On (SSO)