Office 365 is a must-have software for all industries in today’s world. The ease of use and value of Office 365 applications are great for users on both the individual and business end. The subscription-based service allows individual users access to Microsoft apps such as Microsoft Office. For businesses Office 365 it offers a bit more. Email and social networking services essential in 2017, along with Skype for business, SharePoint, and Office Online are invaluable communication tools in the business environment. However, Office 365 is an out of the box software that lacks customization and enhanced security that could lead to potential problems for its clients.
Access control is simply controlling entry into a cyberspace as previously explained in this blog. For example, you have to have a password to access your Facebook account. This password requirement is access control. Without it, anybody could access your page and do whatever they wanted. This is primarily why cybersecurity exists…to prevent those who shouldn’t have access from getting into a cyberspace. If you have had your social media hacked, then you know that the basic password method of access control is not enough.
If you haven’t noticed yet, browsing the web in 2017 basically requires you to have multiple accounts with usernames and passwords. For my fellow Chrome users, you may forget that you are already signed into your account as soon as you open the browser unless of course, you sign out of your account every single session. Realistically who does that though? I personally love already being signed into Chrome, Gmail, and YouTube automatically. On top of having to log into the browser itself, we then have to log into Twitter, Reddit, email provider, your favorite place to buy clothes, Amazon, eBay, any news page with a paywall, Hulu, etc. This list could go on for days. The point is it appears every webpage you like to browse requires an account to be made. With these accounts, come usernames and passwords. That is exactly why there is a need for cybersecurity.
CyberSecurity Access Control with Two-Factor Authentication
Cybersecurity is on its way to becoming a $200-billion-dollar industry as we discussed in my previous blog “The Importance of CyberSecurity Access Control”. Like any industry this size, there are many different subcategories within it. In the aforementioned blog, I wrote about access control, what it is, and how it ties into cybersecurity. Today we’re going to talk about an effective means of access control known as Two-Factor Authentication!
It’s 2017 and almost everything in your daily life is tied into an online network of some sort. Going to the movies is no longer checking the newspaper to see what is playing, or calling Moviefone and asking for the showtimes near you. Now, we simply pull out our smartphones or computers and search “movie times near me”. This alone gives enough links to allow you to have everything but the popcorn purchased in a few clicks. With that being said the threat of having that payment information stolen is often overlooked or completely forgotten. That is exactly why cybersecurity is so important in today’s world. Luckily for us, there are people working hard on preventing this threat to a peaceful life.
The advent of online resources that are becoming more accessible to students in higher education has spawned the need to streamline access to online systems. This is a common theme and reason why our education customers contact PortalGuard. They are looking for a solution that would allow their students to focus on learning rather than managing passwords and logins.
“Leveraging Data Quality to Improve Institutional Efficiency”, that’s a mouthful of big words. When I was first asked to write on this topic, I thought, “What does that even mean?” Well, like any good author/engineer, I broke it up into smaller pieces to try and make sense of it.