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4 Best Password Policy Practices for State and Local Government

Brief Note about Password Policies in State and Local Government

Employees and citizens expect their data and identity to be protected through secure, reliable, and advanced technology when it comes to their interactions with their state and local government. As the novel coronavirus shuts down more offices and pushes more employees to work from home, state and local government need to prioritize...

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The Risks of Incrementing a base Password | PortalGuard

You know when you go to sign up for a new account, and you’re given WAY too many strict password requirements, so you decide “screw this” and make it the same as your usual password? How do you make this new secure password distinctive from your regular password: by adding special characters, numbers, or a combination of both?

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Common Misconceptions of SSO

What is SSO authentication? SSO stands for “Single Sign-on” and is an extremely beneficial tool for businesses and individual users. In this day and age, users are being required to remember more and more passwords with the current average asking us to remember 12 in any given day. Password security is becoming tighter and alongside this, not only are passwords more complex but the majority of...

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How Employee Turnover Could be a Problem for your IT Department and Put your Company at Risk

In 2018 the leading sector with the highest employee turnover was once again the technology industry at 13.2%. This was followed by Government, Education, and non-profit at 11.7%. However, employee turnover is not just an HR issue. According to a study by the American Bar Association, American businesses lose an estimated $59 billion a year due to the loss of intellectual property. Current...

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Proxy - Is it Confusing, Mysterious, or Essential?

Proxy? Sounds confusing, mysterious, or essential? So what is it and why would you want to use one? A proxy server is a wall that acts as a gateway between you and the internet. Without a secure proxy, your browser communicates directly with the internet. Think of the proxy as a form of protection; it can scan your downloads, filter web content, get around certain web restrictions and allow...

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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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New England School Districts are an Easy Target for Cyber Criminals

Schools are becoming easy targets for cyber criminals, not only in New Hampshire but across the country. Exposing, compromising and exploiting confidential information to make an easy profit or to test their skills. The Cybersecurity incident map, a useful tool created by Doug Levins of EdTech Strategies, LLC., provides an in depth look of past and recent events. (For those who haven’t...

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Parents - The Other Type of Hacker...

It seems like every other day you hear about a new data breach or some new scam designed to steal credentials of the unsuspecting end user. With the advent of social media, it’s now easier than ever to social engineer a person’s identity for nefarious intent. With these constant barrages of attacks, there is a heavy focus in the community on executing best practices for navigating the murky...

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