08.23.2018 - Gartner Magic Quadrant for Access Management, Worldwide

According to Gartner, “Niche Players provide access management technology that are a good match for specific use cases. They may focus on specific industries or have a geographically limited footprint/ however, they can actually outperform many competitors.” ...

08.20.2018 - Troubleshooting Federation with Fiddler – Part 3 of 3 – Debug Oauth2 and OpenID Connect Federation Issues

Fiddler is simply the best tool to debug federation issues. Optimal IdM has just released a white paper on this which you can download from our website. This is part two of a three-part blog series on this topic. In part one we covered how to use Fiddler to debug WS-Federation issues. In part two we covered how to use Fiddler to debug SAML 2.0 federation issues. Here in part 3 we will cover how to use Fiddler to debug Oauth2 and OpenID Connect federation issues. ...

08.15.2018 - Optimal IdM Announces FIDO Compliance with U2F Integration

U2F integration now an additional MFA option with The OptimalCloud.  Tampa, FL, August 15, 2018 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, now supports Universal Second Factor (U2F) as a second factor authentication method. U2F is a FIDO (Fast ID Online) standards-based, open protocol used for strong authentication. FIDO specifications are developed by the FIDO Alliance, a non-profit organization that seeks to standardize authentication at the client and protocol layers. U2F requires a FIDO Alliance supported USB or NFC connected hardware device, also known as a key, and a supported browser. Optimal IdM supports multi-factor authentication (MFA) as a self-service credential option. A verified user simply registers a device, then a confirmation step is performed to verify the device is associated with the correct user. Once complete, the user is setup and ready for MFA challenges. “U2F will likely gain popularity because of its native integration into popular browsers without the need of special software drivers or additional downloaded software,” said John Maring, COO & Managing Partner at Optimal IdM. “Our offering also makes sure your helpdesk doesn’t get bogged down with onboarding requests.” MFA options are important because strong authentication choices can mitigate a majority of breeches. MFA is associated with mitigating phishing attacks, man-in-the-middle attacks, and the compromise of a privileged user account for example. Optimal IdM offers MFA as a service on top of the Virtual Directory Server (VIS) for on-premises applications, as an optional part of The OptimalCloud™ SSO Federation offering, or a hybrid solution supporting both on-premises applications, SaaS applications and others. Optimal IdM also supports adaptive authentication (sometimes known as risk-based authentication or context-aware authentication) to provide step-up MFA challenges customized to unique business and regulatory compliance needs. About Optimal IdM Optimal IdM is a global provider of innovative and affordable identity access management solutions. Optimal IdM partners with 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. 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. Media Contact: Matt Pitchford Optimal IdM matt.pitchford@optimalidm.com ...

08.1.2018 - Optimal IdM Earns ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Certification

Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, today announced it has achieved ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, the international standard outlining best practices for information security management systems. “These certifications validate our commitment to transparency and providing the highest standards of security to our customers,” said Ed Gorczyca, Chief Compliance Officer at Optimal IdM. ...


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