Traditional Multi-factor Authentication Approaches are Starting to Fail Us – 3 Ways to Modernize Your Strategy

Even though companies worldwide are struggling to protect systems and data from incessant waves of cyberattacks—there seems to be no end in sightWith the release of the FBI’s Internet Crime Report 2020, it is apparent that cybercriminals took advantage of the impact of the pandemic while many of us were distracted with trying to figure out our “new normal” and the technology we require to...

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Tags: Authentication Security, best practices, #cybersecurity, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, User Authentication, #userauthentication, Biometrics, IAM, Web Authentication, multi-factor

Creating a Strong Password Policy - Complexity, Length, 2FA

Strengthening password policies is a major topic of debate these days.  Various sources for best practices have peaked out from every corner, each spouting something new.  While having options is a great thing in many cases, paralyzing users and admins with which ‘best practice’ is really best is another issue entirely.  Instead, I will take a look at the facts behind strengthening password...

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Tags: 2FA, #2FASolutions, authentication security, #balance, best practices, #cybersecurity, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, #passwordmanagement, strong password, usability, password complexity, password manager, Self-Service Password Reset, Two-Factor Authentication, PortalGuard Authentication Provider, empower users, stolen passwords, university, community college, password policies, password length

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Getting Away from Your Homegrown Environment

 

From the moment the doors first opened and continuing through today, many organizations and institutions have been creating and developing their IT systems and departments continuously. Through the years, changes in IT range from new technologies to new positions and/or employees. This in turn, makes it very difficult to ensure the entire department is on the same current technical page....

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Tags: Authentication, Authentication Security, best practices, #bestpractices, #cybersecurity, information security, IT Security, PortalGuard, SSO, Uncategorized, User Experience, #2FA, data security, Password Management, Password Security, SAML, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), #singlesign-on, SSPR, Two-Factor Authentication, User Authentication

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Cyber Security Breaches at Higher Education Institutions

There’s been a concerning trend over the last few years in the higher education field. No, not the sky-high tuition aimed to keep you in debt. Today we’re talking about cyber security breaches aimed at higher education institutions, students and faculty members.

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Tags: best practices, Industry Updates, information security, IT Security, #ITSecurity, PortalGuard, SSO, Uncategorized, #2FA, Password Management, Password Security, PortalGuard for Education, Single Sign-On (SSO), stronger authentication, Two-Factor Authentication

2 Reasons Why Portal Login Announcements are Beneficial

Let’s be honest: the benefits of announcements are nothing new in the world of education.  Many applications and service providers have the option to implement announcements. However, these features often do not integrate well with the login process. On top of that, announcements are often lost among everything else that end-users are presented with. This leaves organizations with an...

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Tags: best practices, identity management, Industry Updates, IT Security, #ITSecurity, PortalGuard, Product Updates, Uncategorized, data security, PortalGuard for Education, stronger authentication

Advantages of Using PortalGuard for Educational Institutions

     

Did you know that PortalGuard for Education,  an all in one authentication package, is the leading solution for the K-12 and Higher Education institutions?

Since PortalGuard for Education came into existence, we have worked with increasingly numerous educational institutions throughout the country seeking solutions for SSO, 2FA, SSPR and Contextual Authentication. Currently, these such...

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Tags: Authentication, best practices, identity management, Industry Updates, #passwordmanagement, #passwords, PortalGuard, SSO, Uncategorized, #2FA, Password Management, Password Security, PortalGuard for Education, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), Two-Factor Authentication, User Authentication

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

SMS OTP Delivery - NIST Restricts Out of Band Authentication

In the world of modern 2FA, SMS OTP options are extremely popular.  They provide additional authentication security, without breaking the bank or making things too difficult for end-users.  However, it looks like the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) believes the days of using an SMS OTP for 2FA might just be over. Within the new Public Preview of the NIST Special...

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Tags: Authentication Security, best practices, Industry Updates, IT Security, Access Management, Two-Factor Authentication, user convenience

SAML Single Logout - What You Need to Know

Enough with the articles about Single Sign-On! Much has been written about it and its undeniable benefits to both usability and security; users log into one, central website and receive unfettered access to a myriad of other web applications without encountering any other logon prompts. What about SAML Single Logout? Afterall, authentication is only the first half of the story.

What about the...

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Tags: Authentication, Authentication Security, best practices, identity management, SSO, Dynamic Analysis, SAML, Single Sign-On (SSO)

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Password Expiration Policy - Best Practices

A quick Google search on password compliance will turn up any number of articles on specific regulatory requirements, best practices and industry standards. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has a 40 page offering on Password Management and Recommendations (NIST 800-18 Draft), and there are numerous regulatory guidelines for SOX, PCI-DSS, HIPAA, GLBA, and CJIS with each...

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Tags: best practices, expiration, IT Security, password best practices, Password Management, Password Security, User Authentication