by Eric Jeffers 0 Comments

You're Not as Unique as You Think You Are!

All I’d need to know to guess one of your end users’ passwords is the name of every person important to them, how frequently they use profanity, their favorite pop culture franchises, any sports teams they like, and their favorite vehicle. Where did I get this information, you ask? It’s a trend I’ve noticed on the list of top 10,000 most easily guessed passwords. More specifically, the top 200...

Continue Reading →

Tags: Authentication Security, End user experience, MFA, Multi-Factor Authentication, multilayer authentication, Password, password fatigue, password reset, password strength, data breach, password alternatives, password best practices, password complexity, password encryption, password expiration, Password Management, password manager, password quality, Password Security, Password Synchronization, passphrase, regular password changes, changing your password often, easily guessed passwords, trochees

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...

Continue Reading →

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

Addressing Single Sign-On Challenges in the Classroom for Impaired Students

In today’s classrooms, teacher advocates are faced with a unique position of altering their daily schedule to meet the needs and expectations of their students and school districts.  As tablets and Chromebooks are introduced to daily lesson plans, teachers are now faced with the extra responsibility of storing and cataloging student’s usernames and passwords, which impacts valuable educational...

Continue Reading →

Tags: K-12, #passwordmanagement, PortalGuard, #securityandusability, password alternatives, Password Management, password manager, Password Security, #passwordrecovery, PortalGuard for Education, selfservicepasswordreset, Single-Factor Authentication, Single Sign-On (SSO), QR Code Login, Lanyard Login, teachers, Chrome Books, K-5, Special Education, Para Professionals, Students, Single Sign-On Options, iPads

Kill the Password with the ABCs - Google's Project Abacus

Over the past year, we’ve written quite a bit about the death of the password. It’s a hot topic in the tech industry right now, and even everyday consumers are starting to really experience the trouble inherent in typical password practices. The general sentiment is this: the password might be dying, but it’s here to stay for the moment. I’m guilty of this assumption myself – but it looks like...

Continue Reading →

Tags: Authentication Security, Industry Updates, information security, data breach, password alternatives, Password Management, Password Security

Password Security & Alternatives | Is the Traditional Password Dead!?

When I say traditional passwords, most readers will know exactly what I’m discussing: the typical alphanumeric combination used to secure a login for various systems or programs. This password is generally something easy to remember or access by the user/creator, and may also include special symbols in an effort to bolster the strength against attack. There: in two sentences we’ve had as good...

Continue Reading →

Tags: Authentication Methods, Authentication Security, information security, password fatigue, data security, Dynamic Analysis, password alternatives, Password Management, Password Security