by Christopher Perry 0 Comments

Sharepoint Password Expiration Example: Poor UI

 

SharePoint password expiration: that alone is often enough to make chills run down the back of a typical IT administrator. Regardless of the environment, SharePoint remains a popular choice for many organizations. Reasons vary, of course, but the fact remains that SharePoint shows up just about everywhere, even today. That’s not to say that everything with SharePoint is perfect: simply do a...

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Tags: Authentication Methods, Identity Provider, User Experience, password expiration, Password Management, #SharePoint, User Authentication

by Gregg Browinski 0 Comments

How Can a Cloud Provider Securely Access my Active Directory?

More users and companies are running software applications in the cloud than ever before. When even the US Federal government is looking to get into the cloud, it's a clear indication that it has reached wide acceptance. Similarly, Identity as a Service (IDaaS) has been around for years, but how often do admins considering this approach bother to take a deeper dive into the issue of directory...

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Tags: Authentication, Authentication Methods, Authentication Security, Cloud SaaS, encryption, firewall, Identity Federation, IT Security, #security, Access Control, Access Management, Active Directory, User Authentication, VPN, OAuth 2.0, OAauth, IDaaS, directory synchronization

by Jay Ouellette 0 Comments
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Why Gamers Tolerate Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication is often a dirty phrase for end-users – though that does not seem to hold true within the gaming community. It is not a stretch of the truth to say that gamers are a temperamental lot.  We like things that work, and we hate change on principal.  Of course, opinions can shift one way or the other, but that’s the basic foundation when targeting gamers as an audience:...

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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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by Jason Garfagna 0 Comments

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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How One Foundation for Community Colleges Found a Password Management Solution to Fit Their Budget

It's not easy to find a solution that can resolve authentication and cybersecurity challenges for multiple institutions. In a market flooded with companies that promise to deliver a custom-tailored solution, one name should stand out: PortalGuard.

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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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by Rob K 0 Comments

Developing BYOD Security Guidelines for Your Institution

 

Back in 2002 would it have surprised you to know that in only a short amount of time almost everyone would have a cell phone? Let alone a cell phone that would have access to the internet? It sure would have taken me by surprise and that brings us to the reality of today’s world in 2017. Almost everybody has their own smart device, albeit an iPhone, a laptop, a tablet, you name it! This is a...

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