Jason Garfagna

February 20, 2018
by Jason Garfagna
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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 of the education industry has spawned issues with password management, system access, and general overall omission of sufficient IT security measures.

With these pain points in mind, I’ve put together a list of common issues that educational institutions need to solve with a third-party vendor.

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February 7, 2018
by Jay Ouellette
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Don’t Break the Bank When Adding Functionality and Security to AD FS

 

 

AD FS What to Know Before Implementation

Microsoft’s Active Directory Federation Service (AD FS) is available for any organization to use as an accessible implementation option for Single Sign-On. Microsoft’s big name and popularity all but guarantee a top-notch product that many consumers will trust implicitly. Additionally, AD FS takes advantage of two popular industry standard protocols: WS Federation and SAML.  This allows for more functionality through token-based SSO to other systems. All of which creates an organized login for end users.

However, this federation service is not without its own limitations.  For instance, AD FS only runs on Windows Server and requires and additional installation of IIS (Internet Information Services). Before jumping into any implementation, it is important to know what the product can and cannot do for you.  AD FS is no different and must be considered carefully in advance.

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Christopher Perry

January 4, 2018
by Christopher Perry
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Password Reset from the Mac Desktop – Cross Platform Support

Password Reset from the Mac Desktop – Cross Platform Support

What exactly do you think of when you see the phrase Password reset from the Mac Desktop? There is obviously a connection to the Mac Keychain, but what does password reset on the Mac Desktop really look like?  On Windows, Desktop Password reset is a no-brainer – ask just about anyone and you’ll get a practically identical response: CTRL + ALT + DEL to reset your password. For Password Reset on the Mac Desktop, however, that is an entirely different story.  That’s part of the problem.

It is no great secret that Mac and Windows Operating systems are constantly competing for the largest share of the same market space.  People have their preferences, and not everyone is going to be looking for the same thing in their Operating System.  That is not a hard concept to grasp.  However, with the growing diversity between operating systems appearing in every environment and business vertical out there, it is becoming even more important to cater to both crowds with solutions that support cross-platform integration for the most necessary tools for end-users.  One of those tools is self-service password reset – and that is a tough nut to crack. Continue Reading →

Rob K

November 17, 2017
by Rob K
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Access Control|Contextual Authentication

Access Control Contextual Authentication: Basic password methods of access control are not enough.

 

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.

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Rob K

November 7, 2017
by Rob K
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CyberSecurity Access Control with Single Sign-on

 

Cybersecurity Access Control with Single Sign-on

CyberSecurity Access Control with Single Sign-on

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.

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Rob K

October 31, 2017
by Rob K
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CyberSecurity Access Control with Two-Factor Authentication

CyberSecurity Access Control with Two-Factor Authentication

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!

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