10.3.2017 - Protecting Critical Infrastructure from Cyber Threats

As a society, we depend on the internet more than ever. All of the systems that enable us to function today, from electricity and transportation to banking, rely on digital infrastructure to function. It is absolutely crucial that we protect our critical infrastructure from cyber threats. Without adequate security, malicious hackers could cause traffic accidents, hijack phone calls and even interfere with the water supply. While the idea of hackers completely taking over our way of life is a frightening one, the good news is that there are very gifted people on the other side consistently developing ways to thwart these cybercriminals. What are some of the state-of-the-art ways to safeguard our critical infrastructure from these dangers? For risk managers who are in charge of protecting these systems, preparation is key. Networks must have redundancies so that if systems are crashed by hackers, isolated backups can jump into their place. Systems must be resilient enough to spot threats in real-time, alert the system manager and take immediate self-protective action. The best way we know to currently protect infrastructure is to make sure these redundancy and resiliency measures are in place and to test and revise them frequently. Hackers are constantly attempting different and more effective ways of invading these systems. Elements of a comprehensive safety plan include: ...

09.26.2017 - Optimal IdM Honored with CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award

Tampa, FL, Sept. 26, 2017 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, today announced it has been awarded the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award for Multifactor Solution of the Year. CyberSecurity Breakthrough is an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global information security market today. “We are honored to receive the award of Multifactor Solution of the Year, said Mike Brengs, Managing Partner, Optimal IdM. “This recognition clearly validates Optimal IdM’s leadership in identity management and our influence within the global cybersecurity sector. Our customers receive a customizable enterprise identity management solution that meets their specific security and scalability needs at an affordable price. It is The Optimal Difference that puts us ahead of the competition.” OptimalMFA™ is a multi-factor authentication-as-a-service offering that allows customers to implement a variety of MFA solutions using their existing on-prem or cloud federation solutions. OptimalMFA includes Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP), Short Message Service (SMS), Email and Push Authentication. Each can be used as a stand-alone option or in conjunction with a complete Identity Access and Management (IAM) program. The mission of the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of information security categories, including Cloud Security, Threat Detection, Risk Management, Fraud Prevention, Mobile Security, Email Security, and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 2,000 nominations from over 12 different countries throughout the world. All nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the information security industry. ...

09.4.2017 - Cybersecurity Threats Your Employees Should Know About

Cybersecurity is a bigger concern than ever before, both for corporations and individuals. Hackers have a wide variety of tools at their disposal to help them access private data that belongs to your company or clients. It’s important to be aware of the major areas of susceptibility in order to safeguard the vital information that exists in your company’s network and it’s important to make sure your employees are aware as well. Here are breach points you and your employees should watch out for: ...

09.1.2017 - Top 5 Road-Blocks Migrating To A Cloud Identity and SSO Solution

In discussions with our customers and prospects, almost all of them share common road-blocks that prevent many organizations from fully embracing a cloud identity management/SSO solution.  Here we will address 5 of the more common road-blocks and how Optimal IdM has helped clients meet and exceed their security, regulatory, and enterprise architecture needs. ...

08.22.2017 - Optimal IdM Appoints Industry Veteran Mark Foust as Director of Worldwide Sales

Former Microsoft sales executive to oversee new demand following accelerated growth Tampa, FL, Aug. 22, 2017 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, today announced it has appointed Mark Foust as Director of Worldwide Sales. He brings over 16 years of sales experience from Microsoft. “We have been experiencing accelerated growth with the recent roll-out of our Optimal Authentication Service and accolades from leading analyst firms Gartner and KuppingerCole. Also, CIO’s are recognizing the acute need for managed services and that IAM is the foundation of a robust security program,” said Mike Brengs, Managing Partner. “To meet that demand, we are pleased to announce the addition of Mark Foust to our senior staff.  Mark’s strong background and significant contributions in these areas will accelerate Optimal IdM’s influence within the industry.” Foust has held multiple roles including Hybrid Cloud Solution Sales and Technology Strategist for Microsoft where he interfaced with CxOs, IT Directors, System Integrators and software partners within the commercial and government technology sectors. Prior, he was a senior consultant for Novell and has authored and contributed to several books on Directory Services. As Director of Worldwide Sales, Foust will be responsible for managing global sales strategy and revenue generation. ...


  • 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.

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