PortalGuard is an authentication solution platform consisting of various interconnected layers, including Two-factor authentication, Single Sign-on, Self-service Password Reset, Contextual Authentication, and Password Synchronization. PortalGuard is used for streamlining end-user logins and protecting web-based applications that are hosted either within a local environment or through another cloud platform. PortalGuard can also be used to protect VPN and remote access as well.

The primary access point for web-based applications is a login screen where a user is typically required to prove his or her identity by providing a valid set of credentials (typically a Username and Password). Under normal circumstances, this authentication process may be sufficient to prove that a user is authorized and may be granted access to company applications and data. However, the sensitivity of private, corporateor institutional information does not qualify as normal circumstances.

While currently still an integral part of authentication, passwords are an inadequate security measure for sensitive information when used only with an accompanying username. Passwords are becoming increasingly easy to exploit by unauthorized users, and the rapid progression of the digital age is providing disreputable individuals with an increasing number of methods for stealing passwords and impersonating authorized users. Which brings us to the point of this particular document: alternative methods to securing private, sensitive information besides relying solely on something as simple and unreliable as a password.

The primary method for strengthening and improving the security of logins currently on the market today is Two Factor Authentication (2FA). Often described under the umbrella term, Multifactor Authentication (MFA), 2FA is an increasingly common solution that is sought out be man companies or institutions across a wide array of business verticals – especially where compliance requirements demand it. However, inflexibility and low usability have proven to be barriers for many organizations, with a typically high total cost of ownership (TCO) being a major deterrent for 2FA adoption in the current economical climate. PortalGuard avoids the common 2FA barriers (including the ever-prominent TCO issue) by providing a flexible and cost-effective approach that is easily implemented and adopted by users.