by Christopher Perry 0 Comments

7 Blogs to Revisit for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Since 2004, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) have officially recognized October as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM).  Pulled directly from the official StaySafeOnline website, NCSAM is “…a broad effort to help all Americans stay safer and more secure online.”  Here at PortalGuard, Security is something that we take very...

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Data Security Compliance | Addressing 2FA User Fatigue

Since its inception, two-factor authentication (2FA) has been subject to countless opposing viewpoints. Whether it’s hard tokens, SMS or biometrics; searching for the perfect 2FA solution has proven to be both daunting and ill-starred. With that being said, businesses continue to work through the pain, because the PCI Standards demands it. Another reason being that they are willing to do...

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Tags: Authentication Security, #cybersecurity, Tokenless Authentication, #2FA, PassiveKey, stronger authentication, Two-Factor Authentication, User Authentication

3 Reasons to Adopt Tokenless 2FA


Almost every day, I wake up to some news update about yet another data breach, or who is most at risk of cyber attack today. With even the Healthcare industry being targeted, evidenced in the Anthem healthcare customer data breach and the cost per healthcare record stolen in the 2014 data breach, researching alternate methods on how to better secure confidential data becomes top priority....

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Tags: Authentication, Authentication Security, #ITSecurity, PortalGuard, #security, Tokenless Authentication, #2FA, PassiveKey, Two-Factor Authentication, 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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Tags: Authentication, Authentication Security, contextual authentication, #cybersecurity, identity management, increased usability, #infosec, IT Security, #ITSecurity, Password, PortalGuard, #securauth, #security, Tokenless Authentication, PassiveKey, Password Security, stronger authentication, User Authentication

by Gregg Browinski 1 Comment

Yahoo! On-demand Passwords: Safety versus Security



Bravo Yahoo! Thank you for introducing password “insecurity” to casual internet users and helping to bring it back to the forefront of security pundits’ discussions. Yahoo! doubled down on staying relevant with end-users and the industry as a whole by unveiling their Yahoo! On-demand password security offering last week. True, allowing users to login with a one-time code sent to their...

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Tags: Authentication Security, #cybersecurity, #infosec, #ITSecurity, #passwords, Tokenless Authentication, #2FA, ODP, #OnDemandPassword, Password Security, stronger authentication, Two-Factor Authentication, User Authentication

by Larry Conroy 0 Comments

News Flash: Reduce Password Related Service Desk Calls


“Ahhhh!  Why can’t our users remember their darn passwords?!  If I have to change another password I’m gonna lose it!  I didn’t go to college so I could be a password baby-sitter!”


This could very well have been you or one of your helpdesk team members.  Not only is it frustrating for both the end user and IT professionals, but having too many service desk calls related to password...

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Tags: Authentication, contextual authentication, IT Security, #ITSecurity, #passwords, PortalGuard, #securauth, Tokenless Authentication, Uncategorized, OTP, Password Security, Self-Service Password Reset, stronger authentication

by Tom Hoey 0 Comments

Introducing PassiveKey® - Two Factor Authentication Made Easy

Strengthening Web Authentication, Without Overcorrecting

BEDFORD, NH--(Marketwired - Jun 3, 2014)

Today, PistolStar, Inc. announced immediate availability of PortalGuard's newest solution, PassiveKey. PortalGuard's PassiveKey is a customer driven response to deliver the latest in innovative identity solutions. PassiveKey transparently enables two factor authentication while allowing the user...

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Tags: Industry Updates, PortalGuard, Press Release, Product Updates, Tokenless Authentication, Uncategorized, News & Press, PassiveKey, Two-Factor Authentication

Heavy on Security: Where Did All the Usability Go?

With the growing number of network attacks compromising both private and corporate information, it is no wonder that authentication security awareness is on the rise, and organizations are heavy on security. With increased security, we have seen the overall usability of logins decrease. Along with a strong password, you now need multiple authenticators for a stronger authentication: a...

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Tags: Authentication Security, IT Security, PortalGuard, Tokenless Authentication, Uncategorized, PassiveKey, Password Security, transparent authentication, Two-Factor Authentication, Usable login, User Authentication

by Tom Hoey 0 Comments

SAML Single Sign-On for BlackBoard

Sensitive data makes universities a large target for attacks as we have seen in recent news. Increasing both security and providing ease of use for both faculty and students is imperative. PortalGuard’s SAML Plug-in for BlackBoard uses a standards-based approach so you can achieve seamless integration, eliminate multiple password prompts and roll all applications up under a single point of...

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Tags: ACS, Assertion Consumer Service, Authentication Security, Blackboard, Blackboard Extension, Building Block, Identity Provider, IdP, PortalGuard, Security Assertion Markup Language, SSO, Tokenless Authentication, Authentication Provider, SAML, Service Provider, Single Sign-On, Single Sign-On (SSO), Two-Factor Authentication