04.9.2018 - When to Synchronize, Virtualize and Federate Data in the Enterprise

when to synchronize data whitepaperDifferent situations call for different approaches to your enterprise data, and it may not always be clear which situation you are facing. The following helpful synchronization guide should give you a better idea when it is appropriate to synchronize data, when you want to duplicate your data and when federating your data is called for. We’ll also offer some example-use cases for the Optimal IdM Virtual Identity Server™ or VIS, including how the VIS works with the Active Directory. This should give you a better idea of how VIS can streamline your system, better protect your data and optimize workflows. Download the “When to Synchronize, Virtualize and Federate Data in the Enterprise” whitepaper today. ...

03.28.2018 - The Retail Renaissance: From Storefront to Data Store

Part 1 of 3 in our series about Identity Access Management for Retailers. Retail businesses have always been customer-centric, but the definition of customer-centricity has changed. In the past, consumers were satisfied with attentive store associates and broad selections of goods. Now, they want a digital experience as well, and even if they’re not shopping online, they want to know they can trust a merchant to protect their personal data. And there’s plenty of data. Merchants are gathering customer data in unprecedented volumes, and those data stores are particularly attractive targets for cyber criminals. Last year alone, Kmart, Forever 21, Saks, and Brooks Brothers were just a few of the brands that made headlines when they failed to protect customer data from attackers. These thefts don’t go unnoticed by consumers. According to the KPMG Cyber Consumer Loss Barometer, 20 percent of shoppers surveyed said they’d stop shopping at a brand if it were breached. Over 30 percent said they’d postpone shopping at a breached brand for three months. Adding to the cost of lost business are the costs of remediation, business disruption, legal expenses, identity repair and monitoring, regulatory penalties, and other clean-up costs, which average about $7 million for every breach. Hackers may slip into a retail organization’s network by hopping over from a vendor’s network. A typical mid-sized vendor has hundreds or even thousands of trading partners, and no assurance that any one of those providers is mounting a strong defense of its networks. Merchants may invest heavily in security, but many don’t pay enough attention to their greatest vulnerability: identity and access management. They might as well put their entire business into a giant safe and scribble the combination right next to the lock. One might say, identity is today’s firewall. ...

03.22.2018 - Identity Blockchain: Identity Trust Fabric

While blockchain is the latest buzz in authentication and authorization, it does promise to offer consumers improved control over their digital identities, as well as add more security. Its most significant challenge in becoming a reality is the establishment of a digital trust foundation, or an identity trust fabric (ITF). ...

03.12.2018 - RealMe Integration Services from Optimal IdM

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could use a single login ID to renew your passport and driver’s license, see when mail was coming and pay government taxes all online? Well, if you’re from New Zealand, you may already be doing that and more with a service called RealMe. New Zealand’s Government is using RealMe to eliminate red tape and make doing things online easier and safer for individuals. If you’re interested in safe access management, contact Optimal IdM today or request a free trial of our IAM software. ...

03.6.2018 - The Barriers to Entry for Blockchain

In part one of our Identity Blockchain blog series, we discussed the fundamentals of blockchain and why establishing trust is a key factor making it work. But beyond the obvious Bitcoin application of the blockchain network, there are a number of blockchain experimental infrastructures already in trial (proof of concepts) by corporations and consortiums. If there’s a ‘market’ for those technologies, they will spin off from central governing bodies and spawn new peers. There are, of course, barriers to widescale blockchain adoption. ...

02.22.2018 - The Fundamentals of Blockchain

Bitcoin is now an ubiquitous term for a leger-based cyber cryptocurrency and is often mentioned in tandem with blockchain. What is blockchain? Are Bitcoin and blockchain the same thing? No, they are not. Bitcoin and blockchain are different in that blockchain is the decentralized ledger that keeps track of all of the Bitcoin transactions. Blockchain technology isn’t confined to just bitcoin though. It’s a digital platform that can be applied to other digital transactions—a smart-grid, of sorts. ...

02.20.2018 - Integrate Your Mobile Applications Into Your Company

When it comes to integrating your mobile applications into your company’s backend, you need a secure authentication and authorization process that’s not only efficient, but also reliable, easy-to-use and supportive of cloud-based access. Learn more about implementing a safe integration of your mobile applications below. ...

02.1.2018 - Boost Your Cyber Maturity Level with IAM

What is your company’s cybersecurity maturity level? If you haven’t considered cybersecurity capability maturity-model levels, your company’s identity and access management protocols may not be where they need to be. In general, the stronger your information security maturity model is — meaning the more mature your identity and access management setup is — the greater your defense against outside threats will be. ...


  • 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.