02.25.2019 - Identity ‘Access’ and ‘Governance’ Tech Converge To Meet Data Protection Challenges: The Last Watchdog

An encouraging consolidation trend is gaining traction among specialized IAM and IGA suppliers. These best-of-breed vendors are joining forces to market and deliver service suites assembled to make a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. The recently announced Optimal IdM-Omada partnership is a case in point. ...

02.18.2019 - Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures – How to Unite Your Active Directories

CIOs that are under pressure to bring two companies’ IT systems and applications together after a merger or acquisition can unify their directory services quickly and inexpensively with a Virtual Identity Server. This paper looks at three of the leading approaches to bridging disparate sets of directory services into one seamless directory following a merger or acquisition. Conversely, we’ll look at the aspect of a divestiture, in which one company must entirely split out from another. Here, too, directory services play a role in a clean and quick divestiture or spin-off. ...

01.17.2019 - Typing Biometrics and Other Multi-Factor Authentication Methods: When Passwords Are Not Enough

81% of data breaches are from weak, default or stolen passwords. Leveraging MFA when it’s offered lessens the attack vector for digital identity impersonation attempts. This paper looks at existing MFA options, including biometric typing technology, examines decision factors for MFA and discusses the difference between various authentication methodologies. ...

09.10.2018 - Identity And Access Management Solutions: Build vs. Buy

The build versus buy dilemma is one that nearly every company debates internally. This discussion often surfaces when the I.T. department wants to consider a purchase for software that either the in-house developers or CIO feels could be done in house. Why pay for what you can do yourself? Unfortunately, life is not that simple. There are a number of variables that should drive this discussion. I’ll share three (3) considerations here and have you refer to the Optimal IdM whitepaper, “Build vs. Buy – Identity And Access Management Solutions”, for a more detailed look. ...

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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

12.20.2017 - Why Do Data Breaches Happen?

What is a data breach, how often do data breaches occur and how does a data breach happen? Data breaches are a massive cybersecurity issue that results in millions of lost and stolen documents each year. While data breach statistics for 2016 are still being tabulated, some of the biggest companies in the world have reported massive data losses over the last few years, including 80 million compromised records from Anthem health in 2015, 76 million JP Morgan Chase records in 2014, 145 million eBay records in 2014 and 70 million records from Target in 2013. ...

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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.