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Office 365, the Cloud, and PortalGuard: Is your Campus Secure?

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The Cloud: An invisible place where a plethora of ideas, information, apps, and your life are stored.


With the increase of stored information in the cloud and cloud–based applications like Office 365, it is now imperative that the access security is increased as well! Office 365, the cloud, application logins: how does one protect all that information? The answer lies with a secure identity solution.

Your Password is No Longer Enough

Accessing Office 365 is protected with only your password by default, but this password is no longer enough to protect the part of your life that is stored online and is accessible from anywhere in the world. Passwords are a weak form of authentication, and many times, are easily guessed. Even with Password Best Practices (PBP) in place, a password can be shared or stolen, compromising the private and personal information of an individual or school.

Identity Solutions

With all this heart bleeding going on, it is time for a major blood transfusion! Whether you are bouncing back from a recent breach within your campus or want to prevent a hacker tragedy from happening, there is no doubt that a strong identity solution is the answer to help strengthen logins and protect private and personal information. Below are some of the options that are available to transfuse your login with strong security.


Contextual: PortalGuard’s Contextual authentication creates transparent barriers to prevent unauthorized access and confirm the student and faculty’s identities by validating multiple aspects of each user.


Knowledge-based: With knowledge-based authentication in place, the student and faculty will be asked a series of predetermined questions to regain access to their account.


Two-factor: With 2FA in place, your students and faculty are asked to provide not only “something they know” (a password) but also “something they have” (laptop, mobile phone, hardware token) in order to gain access to their accounts.



Now that you are on the cloud, identity security is a must. Many are turning to the identity solution experts at PortalGuard for the security integration with Office 365 they need. Office 365 stores your life in one place; PortalGuard protects your life! Learn more about how PortalGuard increases security and usability for Office 365.

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Rob Bellefeuille

Author: Rob Bellefeuille

Rob is a Project Manager at PistolStar, Inc. in Bedford, NH. Upon completing his degree in Advertising from Southern New Hampshire University, he gained experience working in marketing in the greater Boston area. His current position has him focusing on bringing authentication solutions to education institutions and retailers worldwide.

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