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Office 365 Integration: SSO, SSPR and 2FA

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BEDFORD, NH–(Marketwired – Jun 25, 2014)

Today, PistolStar, Inc. announced the integration of its PortalGuard product with Office 365. This integration will give administrators the power to choose the level of convenience and security they desire for their students and faculty while accessing Office 365, including:

-Self Service Password Reset (SSPR)
-Single Sign-on (SSO)
-Two-factor Authentication

With PortalGuard and Office 365 integration, schools now get the level of identity management they need. Gregg Browinski, CTO of PistolStar, Inc., comments on the level of identity management and security with PortalGuard:

“Using Office 365 guarantees 99.9% uptime for your campus email infrastructure, but this benefit is moot if students forget their passwords and can’t login. Federating Office 365 with a local ADFS instance can allow SSO but this just pushes a ‘forgotten password’ scenario further back to the desktop login and still lacks stronger two-factor authentication or self-service password reset options.” Browinski continues, “Swapping PortalGuard in place of ADFS in this architecture can provide standards-based web SSO and highly flexible SSPR from a single, tightly integrated, brandable, login interface.”

Using PortalGuard’s SSPR, students and faculty are given the power to reset their passwords from the web or desktop, reducing help desk calls and increasing ROI. SSO streamlines the login and reduces the barriers to access; with just a single login, the students and faculty gain access to all of their authorized applications, including: Blackboard, Moodle, Canvas, Banner, Google Apps, and Office 365.

PortalGuard provides you with the level of identity management your campus needs. Click here to learn more about PortalGuard®’s seamless Office 365 integration and other education applications or visit our Education Page here.

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Tom, PistolStar’s founder and CEO, has over 25 years of experience as a software engineer and is one of the main architects for the widely successful PistolStar product line. He also works closely with his core team to define the sales, marketing and product strategies that drive PistolStar’s growth and success. Prior to launching PistolStar in 2000, Tom was at Digital Equipment Corporation and Iris Associates, an IBM Lotus subsidiary, developing core functionality found in lower-level operating systems and in Lotus Notes and Domino.

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