by Christopher Perry 0 Comments

What to do When You Don't Always Need Two-Factor Authentication

 

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) is an important topic of discussion where security is of concern. Too many data breaches have occurred over the last 10 years purely because of lackadaisical security requirements. Many of these events would have been avoided with a proper Two-Factor Authentication system in place.  Security: personal, private, corporate – the list goes on and on. Each entry a...

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Tags: 2FA, #2FASolutions, contextual authentication, #contextualauthentication, #passwordmanagement, #security, security questions, #securityandusability, #selfservice, usability, User Experience, #2FA, #2ndfactor, Access Control, Access Management, account management, Password Synchronization, secure authentication, two-factor, Two-Factor Authentication, security trends, geolocation, layer of security, mobile authentication, mobile authenticator, Benefits of 2FA, one click, when you don't need 2FA

by Jason Garfagna 0 Comments

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

Self-service Password Reset Solution Deployment

If your company is plagued by too many login prompts, forgotten passwords, and account unlocks, you are certainly not alone. These are problems that hound companies worldwide and have caused companies to allot funding for the appropriate solution. With the steady increase in the appearance of these problems, the need for an adequate response is almost oppressive. Finding a solid solution is...

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Tags: Authentication, Authentication Security, #bestpractices, identity management, IT Security, #ITSecurity, #passwordmanagement, #passwords, PortalGuard, #selfservice, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, SSPR, stronger authentication, User Authentication

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

Usable Self-service Password Management

When you think of something to be self-service you expect it to be usable right? Otherwise it is an oxymoron really, I can’t think of anything that is an unusable self-service item unless it is broken. Managing passwords can be a fulltime job if there is no solution in place to handle the tasks surrounding it, including managing password quality and expiration. But perhaps we should look at...

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Tags: Authentication, identity management, IT Security, #ITSecurity, #passwordmanagement, PortalGuard, #selfservice, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, SSPR, stronger authentication

by Jason Garfagna 3 Comments

Self Service Account Unlock | Empower UP!

 

 

 

We all have been in a situation where, despite our best efforts, we have brilliantly locked ourselves out of an account. Whether it’s managing your banking, or logging into your Battle.net account for some late night raiding, we have all joined the masses and stumbled upon this profound rite of passage in this new age of online connectivity. Congratulations, achievement unlocked! (Queue...

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Tags: Account Unlock, #AccountUnlock, #gamer, #infosec, IT Security, #ITSecurity, #passwordmanagement, #passwords, PortalGuard, #securauth, #selfservice, Password Security, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, SSPR

by Gregg Browinski 1 Comment

There's an App for That: Password Expiration

Most IT professionals have experienced it before: the fear of enabling password expiration. Sure, it can be enabled easily enough in group policy if you’re using Microsoft’s Active Directory. But what about all those customer-facing accounts that are stored in some other LDAP or SQL directory? You want to protect them as well, but can password expiration even be enabled in these repositories?...

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Tags: #cybersecurity, IT Security, #ITSecurity, #passwords, PortalGuard, #selfservice, Password Security, Self-Service Password Reset, stronger authentication

The Challenges of Managing Mac OS User Passwords

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 working...

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Tags: Authentication, #ITSecurity, #keychain, Mac, #passwords, PortalGuard, #selfservice, Password Security, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, SSPR, stronger authentication

by Larry Conroy 1 Comment

Quick Single Sign on Deployment

 

Projects, projects and more projects. Will they ever end? Do you really want them to end? Without projects, would you be able to justify the cushy salary you bring home every payday?

Maybe just one project that doesn’t keep you awake at night and goes off without a hitch. Could it be possible or am I still dreaming? Can there be a simple project you can implement with results that will make...

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Tags: #deployment, IT Security, #ITSecurity, PortalGuard, #selfservice, SSO, Uncategorized, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), #singlesign-on

The Age of Self Reliance: Self-service Password Reset

SELF-RELIANCE

I think it goes without saying that most of us would want to be known as self-reliant. Not the kind of self-reliance that is an island with no connections or support groups, but rather, self-reliant in every day activities and personal needs. Our society has fostered an environment that makes that possible like never before in history. Gone are the days where telephone...

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Tags: Authentication Security, IT Security, #passwordmanagement, PortalGuard, #selfreliance, #selfservice, Password Security, Self-Service Password Recovery, Self-Service Password Reset, SSPR, User Authentication