by Nancy Wolff Leary 0 Comments

How PortalGuard Strengthened Security and Increased Usability for Delaware County Community College

Imagine this ... A line of students outside the helpdesk office waiting on a password reset. Or hundreds of faculty and staff attaching sticky notes with written passwords to their computer screens. Not to mention frustrating connectivity outages resulting from required database maintenance.

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Tags: 2FA, usability, #2FA, Password Management, SSPR, Two-Factor Authentication, flexibility, improve security

Your Online Security is Important - Better Your Digital Profile

Strong online security is the white whale of the digital revolution.  With each step towards the final achievement, development and ingenuity necessitate that the individual takes two steps back.  One step to familiarize oneself with the new technology, and another to determine the best foot forward. It’s an inescapable fact that technology moves faster than most people. 

Rapid evolution isn’t...

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Importance of Third-Party Testing and Verification

All companies that create software necessarily do varying degrees of internal testing. There are numerous types of which can include: unit, system or "end-to-end", regression, performance, load or "stress", accessibility and security. Yes, that is a LOT and it's only a sample! Having a dedicated team of specialists for this purpose is ideal, but anyone that works with the same product daily is...

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by Kody Pinette 0 Comments

What's New in PortalGuard Version 6.2?

Here at PortalGuard your security is our main concern. We are always trying new things to keep you secure, but also make your life a little bit easier. In v6.2 we have widened the range of applications you can gain access to through Single Sign-On (SSO). Open Authentication 2.0 (OAuth 2.0) adds yet another way you can safely gain access to applications. OpenID Connect v1.0 (OIDC v1.0) adds the...

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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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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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by Christopher Perry 0 Comments

Creating a Strong Password Policy - Complexity, Length, 2FA

Strengthening password policies is a major topic of debate these days.  Various sources for best practices have peaked out from every corner, each spouting something new.  While having options is a great thing in many cases, paralyzing users and admins with which ‘best practice’ is really best is another issue entirely.  Instead, I will take a look at the facts behind strengthening password...

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5 Ways PortalGuard Helps Institutions Implement 2FA

As an IT professional working in higher education, you understand how critical and complex managing campus user identity issues are. As sensitive information begins to be stored both on your campus and in the cloud, you must provide a secure system for all of your stakeholders, including students, parents, faculty, staff, and administration. Relying on simply a name and password is no longer... Continue Reading →

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Cyber Security Challenges in Today's Classrooms | PortalGuard

Login and password security might sound funny to talk about in a classroom setting for children as young as Kindergarten through third grade, but in a world with constantly evolving technology, the argument could be made that its better to start them young. In today’s world hackers are everywhere trying to steal any information they can get their hands on. In each child today there seems to be...

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