09.11.2017 - Buyer’s Guide to Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)

MFA is the norm in business today due to the desire for better access control and the need to comply with regulatory requirements. And while every company and every vertical have different requirements for their MFA solutions, they all should start by analyzing the same three elements: scope, usability, and means of delivery. With these elements in mind, this paper takes a tactical approach to guide you through various MFA options. ...

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. ...

07.10.2017 - Cloud Provisioning – The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

When we talk about provisioning cloud services, there is Just In Time (JIT) provisioning and bulk provisioning. JIT provisioning is where accounts are created as a side effect from federation. In other words, the first time a user federates to a service, his account is created using the federation token and information queried from the user. Bulk provisioning is where the accounts are created in bulk ahead of time and actively maintained independently from federation. The main problems with JIT provisioning are ...

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? ...

04.9.2017 - 101 Uses for a Virtual Directory

101 Uses for a Virtual-Directory-v3Your corporate directory services and individual application identity pools are fragmented and sprawled throughout your enterprise. Each directory needs maintenance and probably a lot of clean up. Unfortunately, there is little time for such efforts. Consolidation of these fragmented identity services often takes many man-years of effort, costly consulting services, temporary software migration tools and the result is rarely the clean, pristine environment envisioned. ...

04.9.2017 - Understanding Costs Differences Between IDaaS and On-Premise Deployments

Usage of the cloud has become more and more prevalent, even for areas that were classically on premise deployments. For example, the cloud Identity as a Service (IDaaS) market has grown substantially over the last few years. A major reason for the cloud adoption is that organizations have started to understand the true costs of maintaining an on premise identity deployment. ...

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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.