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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by RJ Dalton 0 Comments

Making Sound Decisions for IT Security in Higher Education

Sound Decisions for Higher Education IT Security

Higher education has a constant struggle with creating a secure environment for students and staff while also keeping ease of use and workflow in mind. The desire for increased higher education IT security using tools such as 2FA and password expiration policies helps guide institutions in a direction of security and usability. The struggles...

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Tags: Education, higher education, increased usability, IT Security, it security, usability, Self-Service Password Reset, reducing help desk calls, Custom Branding, Single Sign-On Options, increase security, flexibility, security trends

by Christopher Perry 0 Comments

Windows Server 2016 Certification – PortalGuard v5.5

Windows Server 2016 Certification informs IT administrators and authorities alike that hardware components, software solutions, and other devices meet Microsoft’s standards for compatibility and Best Practices.  We are proud to announce that the latest version of PortalGuard meets Windows Server 2016 Certification requirements!

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Tags: Authentication, #bestpractices, increased usability, Microsoft, PortalGuard, Product Updates, Uncategorized, #2FA, Self-Service Password Reset, Single Sign-On (SSO), #singlesign-on, Two-Factor Authentication

Mac Keychain Password Recovery | The Challenges



As an IT professional working in a mixed Windows and Mac environment, it can sometimes feel like you are working for two separate IT departments. Like oil and water, most procedures and operational functions between the two do not mix. This requires you to always be cognizant of your end users when considering deploying different solutions and software. Although it may seem like a pain,...

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Tags: identity management, increased usability, Mac Keychain, #passwordmanagement, #passwords, Password Security, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, User Authentication

Familiar Mobile Password Generator | Top 5 Considerations


Did you know the average help desk call costs around 25-30 bucks per call? The number one problem that any IT department encounters is something we are all guilty of: You forgot your password. This may seem like a common mistake which you have grown accustomed to: fixing ticket after ticket after ticket. What you may not have paid enough attention to is the problems that passwords face in a...

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Tags: identity management, increased usability, #passwordmanagement, Password Security, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, User Authentication

by Gregg Browinski 1 Comment

Bluetooth Two Factor Authentication Alternatives | Contextual Authentication

My family bought a new, 2015 Subaru this year. In a market as competitive as automobile sales, car manufacturers are continually looking to one-up each other by adding more technology and integration options. A perfect example was our test drive. As soon as the car started, the in-dashboard “infotainment” system discovered my cell phone via Bluetooth and offered to pair with it. With a single...

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by Ashley Wilson 11 Comments

Write This Down: Single Sign on Best Practices


On the surface, Single Sign on (SSO) is pretty self-explanatory. Single Sign on is a property of access control for multiple related, but independent software systems. By following single sign on best practices,  a solution can be installed without difficulty, allowing the end users to gain access to all systems without the frustration of having to log in again at each of them.



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Tags: Authentication Security, increased usability, IT Security, #ITSecurity, PortalGuard, SSO, Password Security, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), #userconvenience

by Jason Garfagna 0 Comments

Empower Up! Single, Consistent User Interface



I have been an avid gamer ever since I could first clutch a game controller in my tiny, peanut butter smeared hands. My initial foray into the world of video games began at an early age when my farther hooked up his old Intellivision game console to a “top of the line” Emerson 13 inch black and white TV. Talk about old school!


Despite the horrendous graphics and lack of color, I was...

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Tags: Authentication Security, #gamer, increased usability, IT Security, #passwordmanagement, #passwords, PortalGuard, #selfservice, SSO, Uncategorized, Password Synchronization, SAML, Single Sign-On (SSO), #singlesign-on, User Authentication

The Future of Authentication: Balance Between Security and Usability

Tokens, access barriers, and multiple passwords are all ways to heighten security, but these are also a great way to kill the usability of a login. With the intense rise of hacktivists and breaches exposing organizations’ data, it is understandable that many organizations are implementing two factor methods to protect the sensitive data that is like a sitting duck, waiting to be poached.



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Tags: Authentication Security, #balance, increased usability, IT Security, it security, #passwords, PortalGuard, #securityandusability, PassiveKey, Password Security, stronger authentication, Two-Factor Authentication

Application Security or Usability: Should you even have to choose?


Application Security or Usability?

Oh the choices we are privileged to have here in America. Should I fly or drive? Email, text, or call? Used car or new car? There are so many choices to make that is can sometimes create a problem within itself.  However, when it comes to web application security, should you have to choose between application security or usability? With a transparent,...

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Tags: Authentication Security, increased usability, #infosec, IT Security, #ITSecurity, Password, PortalGuard, #2FA, PassiveKey, Password Security, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, Single Sign-On (SSO), stronger security, Two-Factor Authentication