12.15.2016 - How to Evaluate Your Identity Management System

So you’ve decided to integrate an identity management system for your business. Congratulations! Now what? It seems like a simple question, but getting started can be surprisingly difficult — as you likely know because you’re here hoping to learn. It’s all about finding the right fit for your business, plus a partner who is trusted. This guide looks at some things to consider for choosing the right service partner, what to look for in a platform, questions you should ask to make sure there are no loose ends and a few extra attributes that can signal that you’ve found a company who is a good fit for your brand, culture and size. ...

12.1.2016 - Why Your Business Needs an Identity Hub

With businesses working across multiple platforms with multiple users, identity authentication becomes more and more complex. Thousands, millions and eventually billions of access points will start pointing at the same databases and enterprise systems. The only way to manage that scale appears to be an identity hub. Enterprises need a common, singular endpoint that serves as the enterprise identity provider (IdP). Your IdP will manage the authentication of users from all over and generate authentication tokens for a wide range of service providers that control the resources users access. Tokens seem to be growing exponentially as more web services, from Google Apps to Salesforce and Infusionsoft, are adopted by enterprises. Each application requires multiple tokens and token translations, expanding as your team expands. Modern systems need to properly distribute all of these different tokens, and they also need to simultaneously authenticate as many users and user requests that span all of these applications. It takes a significant infrastructure to handle discovery across every authentication source. Viewing all of this global data and properly processing it, but providing authentication at the local level, is difficult for any system. It becomes simpler when businesses turn to federated identity hubs. ...

11.17.2016 - Best Practices for Better UX and Security

As technology evolves, we begin to access our data across more devices and through different platforms, and convenience and ease of use are key. While these new technologies pose their own challenges for data security, they also bring about a new set of usability concerns. We rely on the user experience (UX) to ensure that people love products and services and are willing to come back and use them again and again. Security needs to be the underlying force that keeps users safe across all interactions, while also eliminating improper intrusions into your system. ...

11.3.2016 - Demystifying Security in “The Cloud”

Everyone today knows about “The Cloud” because it’s taking over our activities from email to binging on Netflix, but many people are unsure of the security side of the cloud. There are many threats and sources of confusion. To help you get a handle on security needs and learn what to look for when choosing a cloud partner, we’ll investigate four of the biggest cloud security concerns. ...

10.20.2016 - Security Issues for the Semantic Web

The Semantic Web is essentially an extension of the traditional web that gives companies and developers a common framework to ease the sharing of data, enabling it to be used across multiple applications and warehouses. Semantic web is often used to represent any information that’s processed, used and shared by machines. Think of it as a framework that allows languages, libraries and other frameworks to describe complex and sometimes fluid things such as people, meeting notes and events, social science topics or even the steps in a chemical reaction. Semantic web presents us with a complex web of information and relationships. It can be an amazing tool in the hands of researchers and enterprises, thanks to data and connections. It’s becoming more important in the realm of data mining, forecasting, predictions and more. Pushing your boundaries into the strongest versions of data analytics will require a dive into the semantic web, but your security platform must protect an increasing amount of touchpoints and potential vulnerabilities. ...

10.7.2016 - The Password Problem

How many times have you forgotten one of your many passwords for a cooking website, Netflix login, email, newsletter or your fantasy football league? If you’re like most people, you’ve forgotten a few so far this year. Maybe you use the same or a nearly identical password for some of those services. Sometimes it’s as simple as “12345” and other times it can be “JohnDoeNetflix” and “JohnDoeGmail.” Today, we face a password problem — and it’s big. Not only do we struggle to remember many different passwords, but we also create unnecessary vulnerabilities when we use simple or similar passwords. Sometimes a user who doesn’t value creating a secure password can take down the most robust system. ...

09.15.2016 - 7 Common Security Mistakes

Your employees may check the door a few times before leaving the house in the morning or twist stovetop knobs past “Off” to prevent gas leaks, but it’s unlikely they take the same approach to the computer systems they use. People tend to feel that having a virus protection or firewall installed plus a decent password are all they need. They’re wrong. Those don’t necessarily address the common IT problems and computer risks we face each and every day. Here is a look at seven common security mistakes that someone on your team is probably doing right now. ...

09.1.2016 - Mobile SSO

Mobile single sign-on is a top security practice whenever it can be implemented practically for a workforce. It’s become common for enterprise applications and large field service brands, but it’s seen limited adoption in consumer-facing services. It’s becoming slightly more popular with apps that act as a password holder, but they rely on the device storing and processing passwords and sign-ons, which can be dangerous if the device is lost or stolen. This is also limited by an authorization vs authentication concern. ...

08.18.2016 - Data Security and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things is providing companies with a wealth of new information every day, but it’s also injecting thousands of new touchpoints and interaction times that can generate vulnerabilities. Companies need to protect themselves on several new levels, because IoT can scale incredibly quickly. Addressing scale and proper implementation can be tricky. Here are three of the biggest concerns you face. ...

08.4.2016 - The OptimalCloud Deployment Scenarios

optimalcloud-deployment-scenarios The OptimalCloud is a complete cloud federation and single sign-on solution that provides multi-factor authentication and authorization from any data store. There are several deployment scenarios that make The OptimalCloud the perfect fit for your organization’s identity management needs. ...

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  • The database in which all of your organization’s sensitive identity data is stored.
  • A digital ledger in which digital transactions are recorded chronologically and publicly.
  • Securely managing customer identity and profile data, and controlling customer access to applications and services.
  • The means of linking a person's electronic identity and attributes, stored across multiple distinct identity management systems.
  • A legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU.
  • The policy-based centralized orchestration of user identity management and access control.
  • An authentication infrastructure that is built, hosted and managed by a third-party service provider.
  • A security system that requires more than one method of authentication from independent categories of credentials to verify the user's identity for a login or other transaction.
  • A global provider of innovative and affordable identity access management solutions. 
  • Managing and auditing account and data access by privileged users.
  • Tools and technologies for controlling user access to critical information within an organization.
  • An authentication process that allows a user to access multiple applications with one set of login credentials.