12.18.2017 - Keeper Security Patches Password Protection Flaw Reported by Google

Optimal IdM provides a few best practices to keep passwords safe including this quote on multi-factor authentication (MFA). “2FA does a good job of allowing only individual account owners access to their login credentials,” Bohren said. “If hackers do succeed in guessing a password, they must still breach additional authentication steps before they can reach important data.” Continue reading the full story on eSecurity Planet. ...

12.12.2017 - Optimal IdM Chief Software Engineer Jeff Bohren to Present at InfoSec World 2018

Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, today announced it will be presenting at InfoSec World 2018 Conference and Expo, March 19-21 at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Jeff Bohren, Chief Software Engineer, Optimal IdM will discuss, “Bridging the Protocol Gap on Cloud Identity Projects” on Mon., March 19 at 3:20 p.m. The breakout session will help attendees learn the origin of protocols and when to use them, best options to use with mobile apps, how to deal with situations outside of specifications and security concerns to consider. “Bridging the divide between newer authorization and federation protocols, such as OAuth2 and OpenID and connecting to older federation protocols like SAML2 and WS-Federation, presents some unique challenges,” said Bohren. “We will discuss those challenges and look at some practical, real-world solutions.” Bohren has over 30 years of software development and architecture experience and over 20 years of knowledge in identity management and federation. He served on several OASIS technical committees including SAML, SPML, and DSMLv2. He was the BMC Software representative to OASIS, Project Liberty, and OpenAuthentication.org. “InfoSec World 2018 brings together practitioners, researchers, and experts at every level to create an interactive forum that helps security professionals learn about the latest advances in cybersecurity and the critical threats facing their organizations,” said Katherine Teitler, Director of Content, MISTI. “We are especially pleased with the content that will be presented at this year’s conference and are proud to have Optimal IdM join our program lineup. The knowledge, experience, and strategies shared will be invaluable to InfoSec World attendees.” InfoSec World 2018 features expert keynote addresses, stimulating panel discussions and interactive roundtables, hands-on tech labs, as well as informative breakout sessions. Additionally, pre- and post-conference workshops and summits on CISO Leadership, Cloud Security, and Privacy and Risk are scheduled. To top it off, this gathering provides a rare opportunity for information security professionals to network in an intimate yet vibrant setting, with more than 1,000 attendees from a range of industries, professional backgrounds, and countries. ...

11.21.2017 - How I Became a Senior Software Architect

By Katherine Teitler of INFOSEC INSIDER Read how our own Jeff Bohren got into identity access management via way of a Master’s Degree in aerospace engineering. Jeff will be presenting a breakout session entitled, “Bridging the Protocol Gap on Cloud Identity Projects” at the InfoSec World Conference in Orlando, Florida, March 19-21, 2018. ...

11.8.2017 - Optimal IdM Now OpenID Connect Certified

Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, today announced it has received OpenID Connect (OIDC) certifications Basic OP and Implicit OP for The OptimalCloud, strengthening security, compatibility and performance for its customers. OpenID Connect Certification is a program that enables organizations to certify that their OpenID Connect implementations conform to specified profiles of the OpenID Connect standard. The certification program is a tool to ensure that implementations by different parties will successfully interoperate. The OpenID Foundation is a non-profit organization that manages the efforts to increase adoption of the OpenID standard across the web. ...

09.26.2017 - Optimal IdM Honored with CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award

Tampa, FL, Sept. 26, 2017 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, today announced it has been awarded the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Award for Multifactor Solution of the Year. CyberSecurity Breakthrough is an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global information security market today. “We are honored to receive the award of Multifactor Solution of the Year, said Mike Brengs, Managing Partner, Optimal IdM. “This recognition clearly validates Optimal IdM’s leadership in identity management and our influence within the global cybersecurity sector. Our customers receive a customizable enterprise identity management solution that meets their specific security and scalability needs at an affordable price. It is The Optimal Difference that puts us ahead of the competition.” OptimalMFA™ is a multi-factor authentication-as-a-service offering that allows customers to implement a variety of MFA solutions using their existing on-prem or cloud federation solutions. OptimalMFA includes Time-based One-Time Password (TOTP), Short Message Service (SMS), Email and Push Authentication. Each can be used as a stand-alone option or in conjunction with a complete Identity Access and Management (IAM) program. The mission of the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards is to honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of information security categories, including Cloud Security, Threat Detection, Risk Management, Fraud Prevention, Mobile Security, Email Security, and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 2,000 nominations from over 12 different countries throughout the world. All nominations were evaluated by an independent panel of experts within the information security industry. ...

08.22.2017 - Optimal IdM Appoints Industry Veteran Mark Foust as Director of Worldwide Sales

Former Microsoft sales executive to oversee new demand following accelerated growth Tampa, FL, Aug. 22, 2017 – Optimal IdM, a leading provider of Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions, today announced it has appointed Mark Foust as Director of Worldwide Sales. He brings over 16 years of sales experience from Microsoft. “We have been experiencing accelerated growth with the recent roll-out of our Optimal Authentication Service and accolades from leading analyst firms Gartner and KuppingerCole. Also, CIO’s are recognizing the acute need for managed services and that IAM is the foundation of a robust security program,” said Mike Brengs, Managing Partner. “To meet that demand, we are pleased to announce the addition of Mark Foust to our senior staff.  Mark’s strong background and significant contributions in these areas will accelerate Optimal IdM’s influence within the industry.” Foust has held multiple roles including Hybrid Cloud Solution Sales and Technology Strategist for Microsoft where he interfaced with CxOs, IT Directors, System Integrators and software partners within the commercial and government technology sectors. Prior, he was a senior consultant for Novell and has authored and contributed to several books on Directory Services. As Director of Worldwide Sales, Foust will be responsible for managing global sales strategy and revenue generation. ...


  • 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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