07.24.2017 - Optimal IdM Names Chris Curcio as Vice President, Channel Sales Division

Tampa, FL, July 24, 2017 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of identity management solutions, today announced it has appointed Chris Curcio as Vice President of its Channel Sales Division. In this role, he will oversee and manage strategic channel sales programs and be responsible for growing the partner community. “Our continued growth has led to the expansion of our organization and the executive team,” said Larry Aucoin, Managing Partner of Optimal IdM. “Chris brings a level of high caliber leadership to our company which will enhance our channel sales division.” Curcio has more than a decade of experience at Oracle, where he advanced from an Identity Management / Security Sales Consultant to Sales Consulting Director, focusing on Digital Experience (DX) Platform Cloud (PaaS) and On-Premise technologies. As Sales Engineering Director, he was responsible for North America and had direct responsibility for managing revenue/pipeline generation, creating sales/go-to market strategies, enabling the sales consulting and sales teams, and offering up new product and solution ideas for Oracle’s customers. His efforts resulted in consistent double digit year-over-year growth. In addition, Curcio graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Masters of Business Administration. About Optimal IdM Optimal IdM is a global provider of innovative and affordable identity access management solutions. We partner with our clients to provide comprehensive, fully customizable enterprise level solutions that meet the specific security and scalability needs of their organizations. Optimal IdM offers its solutions both on premise and in the cloud as a 100% managed service offering. Optimal IdM’s customers include Fortune 1000 companies, as well as Federal, State and Local Government agencies all over the world. Founded in 2005, Optimal IdM is privately held and has been profitable in every quarter since inception. Visit www.optimalidm.com for more information. ...

07.11.2017 - Optimal IdM Named a Leader in KuppingerCole Leadership Compass Identity as a Service: Single Sign-On to the Cloud Report

Tampa, FL, July 11, 2017 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of identity management solutions, today announced it has been positioned by KuppingerCole as a leader in the Product Leadership Matrix Category of the “Leadership Compass Identity as a Service: Single Sign-On to the Cloud (IDaaS SSO)” report, as well as earning high marks throughout the report. KuppingerCole Leadership Compass is a tool which provides an overview of a particular IT market segment and identifies the leaders in that market segment. The report covers leaders in innovation, product features, and market reach for Identity as a Service offerings targeting Single Sign-On to the Cloud for all types of users, with primary focus on cloud services but some support for on-premise web applications. “Our positioning as a leader by KuppingerCole confirms our strengths in serving the enterprise Identity and Access Management marketplace,” said Mike Brengs, Managing Partner of Optimal IdM. “It further validates our recent authentication-as-a-service offering, Optimal Authentication Service™, enabling customers the ability to perform various types and levels of authentications, including single and multi-factor.” According the report, Optimal IdM delivers a strong feature set that serves the requirements of enterprise customers well, particularly when it comes to pure-play IDaaS SSO use cases for enterprise users and business partners. “The offering provides many integrations to SaaS services. Integration to existing directory services is highly flexible, ranging from inbound federation e.g. from business partners, to local directory services and a full broker mode, which allows managing and authenticating users in their current directory services without the need of synching them to a cloud directory,” says Martin Kuppinger, Founder and Principal Analyst at KuppingerCole, “In sum, Optimal IdM’s The OptimalCloud is an interesting offering for the IDaaS SSO market, in particular for enterprise-level deployments.” The OptimalCloud™ from Optimal IdM is a complete Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solution with delegated administration and workflow capabilities that can be customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. The OptimalCloud offers a private, secure and dedicated cloud which is essential for meeting corporate security and compliance restrictions. Further to that, The OptimalCloud’s built-in cloud reporting system provides real time historical audit record of all activity including detailed granular reporting which is stored in a private database. The OptimalCloud is billed as an affordable, flat monthly fee which fits with budgetary and approval requirements. Optimal IdM was also recently positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche Players quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide and featured on the Best Identity Management Solutions list of 2017 by PC Magazine. Optimal IdM received 4 stars and an editor rating of Excellent. ...

06.19.2017 - Optimal IdM Positioned in the Niche Players Quadrant of the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management

Tampa, FL, June 19, 2017 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of identity management solutions, today announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. in the Niche Players quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide.” Gartner defines Access Management as technologies that use access control engines to provide centralized authentication, single sign-on (SSO), session management and authorization enforcement for target applications in multiple use cases. In the Magic Quadrant for this market sector, Gartner analysts evaluated providers offering Access Management, based on the criteria of ‘ability to execute’ and ‘completeness of vision.’ “We believe our Niche Quadrant positioning by Gartner validates our ability to enable customers to address the pressing issues in the Identity Access Management marketplace,” said Mike Brengs, Managing Partner of Optimal IdM. “With the recent launch of our authentication-as-a-service offering, Optimal Authentication Service™, we now offer the ability to perform various types and levels of authentications, including single and multi-factor.” The OptimalCloud™ from Optimal IdM is a complete Identity-as-a-Service (IDaaS) solution with delegated administration and workflow capabilities that can be customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. The OptimalCloud offers a private, secure and dedicated cloud which is essential for meeting corporate security and compliance restrictions. Further to that, The OptimalCloud’s built-in cloud reporting system provides real time historical audit record of all activity including detailed granular reporting which is stored in a dedicated private database. The OptimalCloud is billed as an affordable, flat monthly fee which fits with budgetary and approval requirements. Optimal IdM was also recently featured on the Best Identity Management Solutions list of 2017 by PC Magazine. Optimal IdM received 4 stars and an editor rating of Excellent. ...

05.31.2017 - Using IAM Tools To Cut The Costs of a Data Breach

What is the cost of a data breach? In the case of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Meyer, who accepted the consequences of the 2013/2014 Yahoo data breach in 2016, the answer was at least $2 million, the amount of the annual bonus she lost because of the breach. She also gave up her annual equity grant for 2017, which could have been worth millions more. However, it probably cost Yahoo!, its partners and its users a lot more than that. What happened and what could have been done to prevent these types of breaches? The data breach in question actually refers to two major data breaches, one in 2013 and one in 2014, affecting an estimated 1 billion plus Yahoo! users and resulting in more than 40 class-action lawsuits from Yahoo! customers. Not only did the attackers hack hundreds of millions of user accounts for their information, but they also created bogus cookies in 2015 and 2016 to allow access to more than 30 million accounts without a password. Experts investigating noted that Yahoo! information security had knowledge of the attacks around the time they were happening, but failed to act appropriately. The company’s general counsel, Ron Bell, resigned without severance in the wake of this situation. ...

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