by Gregg Browinski 0 Comments

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, Authentication Methods, Authentication Security, Cloud SaaS, encryption, firewall, Identity Federation, IT Security, #security, Access Control, Access Management, Active Directory, User Authentication, VPN, OAuth 2.0, OAauth, IDaaS, directory synchronization

by Eric Jeffers 0 Comments

Maintaining Security and Data Privacy is one of the Biggest IT Challenges Today

Every year at the EDUCAUSE Conference the Top 10 IT Issues for the upcoming year are announced. Leading up to each conference a panel of experts ranging from IT leaders, CIO’s and faculty members present a list of the top IT trends. which are then voted on by EDUCAUSE members. The top initiatives are the most important topics and trends and will be a focus for the upcoming year. This year was...

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Tags: 2FA, Access Client, Account Unlock, attack surface reduction, Authentication, authentication management, Authentication Methods, Authentication Security, authentication security, #breach, checklist, Compliance, #cyberattacks, #cybersecurity, Education, Education Portals, email, encryption, End user experience, expiration, help desk calls, higher education, #HIPAA, I.T. Solutions, Identity Federation, identity management, Increase ROI, increased usability, information security, #infosec, Integration, IT Security, it security, #ITSecurity, K-12, login security, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, National Institute of Standards and Technology, network security, password reset, security questions, Access Control, Access Management, Access Point, account management, Active Directory, Application Security Testing, Authentication Provider, #breachnews, customer experience, Cyber Security, data breach, data security, Easy to Maintain Solutions, OTP, password alternatives, password encryption, Self-Service Password Reset, Single Sign-On, Two-Factor Authentication, healthcare, Students, single logout, increase security, EDUCAUSE, budgeting for education, student accounts, maintain security privacy, maintain data privacy

by Tom Hoey 0 Comments

SAML Overview

What is SAML?

The SAML specification is an XML-based framework designed for transporting user authentication, entitlement, and attribute information across the web safely and efficiently.  It has a number of primary usage scenarios, including but not limited to the following:

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Tags: Assertion, Authentication, Authentication Security, Identity Assertion, Identity Federation, Identity Provider, IdP, IdP initiated, OASIS, PortalGuard, SAML Token, XML, Access Control, Principal, SAML, SAML Request, SAML Response, Service Provider, Single Sign-On, SOAP, SP Initiated