01.12.2018 - IAM Addresses Help Desk Issues

In today’s enterprise, employees need to access many different areas of your computer network, even areas that don’t necessarily fall within their given departments. This creates an access problem, since you don’t want your network left open for anyone to access. Even when companies do take steps to protect their networks, hackers can and will break in, either for the purposes of corporate sabotage or out of a general attempt to do malice. The problem is how to make sure everyone who needs access can get access, while hackers cannot. In the past, companies could give employees a password for their own part of the system, but if any cross-department work was required, they would have to contact the help desk in order to get additional access, slowing down operations and reducing efficiency. ...

01.3.2018 - Internal Hiring vs. Hiring a MSSP: Which Is Better?

There’s no question that in today’s day and age, you need a dedicated cybersecurity team to protect your company’s data. The question is, do you dedicate some of your existing IT staff to cybersecurity or do you use a managed security service providers (MSSP) services? Naturally, there are pros and cons to each approach. ...

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: ...

09.4.2017 - 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. ...

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. ...

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

understanding costs differences between idaas and on premise deploymentsUsage 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. Historically organizations didn’t realize the true cost of maintaining the solution until after it was purchased and deployed. Once deployed, employees needed to be trained and become “experts” to be able to fully support and maintain the environment and unfortunately many identity management deployments are complicated. Over time organizations have started to realize that by leveraging cloud solutions they can effectively outsource these deployments to organizations that specialize in certain areas. To continue reading, download “Understanding Costs Differences Between IDaaS and On-Premise Deployments” today. ...

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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.

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