If a SharePoint site is the backbone of your business, it most likely relies on Microsoft Active Directory as a central user database to collect and manage login credentials and other user-specific information. When considering customers and partners who are faced with SharePoint portal services on a regular basis, seamless access is expected for establishing online identities, recovering login credentials and resetting a password. SharePoint and AD alone, however, cannot easily support all of these capabilities - requiring more manual measures to carry out the simple things like the ability to reset SharePoint passwords.
While implementing a SharePoint password manager may seem like one of the best things to do in these situations, changing a SharePoint password is not going to solve the problems associated with lack of security and usability. For example, calling the help-desk when the user forgets this changed password is not ideal. Alongside several other features, PortalGuard’s secure, all-inclusive integration portal provides self-service password reset to your customer-facing (extranet) SharePoint site.
After users register for your SharePoint site using PortalGuard’s support for self-service registration, they are forced to enroll using either knowledge-based authentication (KBA) or one-time passwords (OTPs). In the event that users do forget their SharePoint passwords, they can securely reset them using one or both of these pre-defined protocols. This eliminates the need to call the help desk and waste resources better spent elsewhere.
What a portal is and what a secure portal should be. The ins and outs of web portals and the true importance of implementing strong security behind a convenient and usable interface.
This paper takes a deep dive into the importance of identity management in the modern world, the usefulness of Active Directory, and its benefits for environments of any shape and size.