Attendees Learn How to Take a Flexible Approach to Authentication, Avoiding Severe Impacts to User Access
Bedford, NH – March 21, 2012
PistolStar Inc. announces PortalGuard, a centralized contextual authentication platform, which offers flexible external access for the B2B market. Presenting at this year’s SecureWorld Expo in Boston, March 28th – 29th, attendees will be able to stop by booth #105 and understand how to take a gradual approach to increasing security. Authentication experts will be on hand to discuss how to use PortalGuard to apply the appropriate authentication method for various user access scenarios and gain insight into who is accessing company data from which devices and locations.
Increases in roaming user populations and remote access to confidential company data is becoming a larger security concern, leaving organizations with choices to make about how to secure these resources. A conflict of interest however, between business groups and IT security, creates a struggle to maintain usability while increasing security. Although instituting better password policies is a preliminary option, organizations are often over steering towards rigid two-factor authentication solutions.
Although these solutions are desirable for security, the barriers to entry for most organizations are overwhelming. By applying stringent two-factor authentication to all users, it is not possible for the organization to adapt to all the different user access scenarios, usually resulting in poor user adoption and increased frustrations. Due to the size and structure of these solutions, integration usually requires dedicated IT resources and training, along with the potential of additional hardware. However, the biggest barrier is high total cost of ownership. The organization has the intention of increasing security but cannot handle the costs associated with the initial purchase and maintenance of a two-factor solution, ranging from hardware replacements to increased Help Desk calls.
Understanding the barriers and handling the challenges of remote user access scenarios, PortalGuard establishes a cost effective midpoint between passwords and two-factor authentication. Organizations can now gain insight into user access scenarios, including their network, location, time, device, and application, allowing them to make security and usability adjustments, transparently to the user. Using contextual authentication, organizations can now dynamically adjust the authentication method to what is appropriate for each user, group, or application. Stop by PortalGuard’s booth (#105) to learn more about taking a flexible approach to authentication.
PortalGuard is a Contextual Authentication platform that provides a balance between usability and security. Contextual Authentication analyzes real-time events surrounding a user’s authentication request, such as the time, device, location, network and application, and adjusts the authentication or self-service password reset method dynamically based on those events. In addition, PortalGuard offers feature rich password management and self-service password reset for both the web and desktop, including “side-car” mode for retrofitting existing applications. Visit www.portalguard.com to learn more.