Recent Posts by Scott Kortright

 
Scott Kortright has been a technology marketer for 20 years across a diverse set of industries and specializes in Technology Product Marketing and Sales Enablement. As Identity Automation’s Vice President of Marketing, Scott leads the company in the development, planning, and execution of strategic go-to-market, communications, and product marketing initiatives. He is an avid Syracuse Orange fan, doting father, border collie lover, and happy Blue Apron customer.

Cyberthieves are Targeting Student Data, is Your District Prepared?

What is one of the biggest challenges facing K-12 schools today? It might surprise you, but the answer is “cybersecurity.” K-12 schools are a prime target for cyber attacks.

While they might not seem like the most obvious victims of a hack, K-12 schools are attractive for cyber criminals because they hold an enormous amount of student data—an increasingly attractive target for cyberthieves. Read on to learn more about the appeal of student information and why it’s at greater risk than ever for a data breach.

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Buying Identity Management: Single-Vendor Platform or Multi-Vendor Point Products? Part 4

Recently, we’ve been discussing what you must consider when choosing between a single identity and access management (IAM) vendor platform versus multi-vendor point products. In this final installation, we’ll take a closer look at best-of-breed and security as two final considerations and wrap it all up. 

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Buying Identity Management: Single Vendor Platform or Multi-Vendor Point Products? Part 3

When selecting a solution for your organization, you may find yourself weighing the merits of point solutions versus a single platform. In part 1 of this series, two considerations were weighed: procurement effort and implementation difficulty. In part 2, we discussed integration complexity. This post will cover five long-term factors you should consider. 

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Meeting the DFARS MFA Requirements—What You Need to Know

As we noted in two previous blog posts, the deadline for complying with the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) data security requirements is Dec 31, 2017.

In one post, we explained the basics of the DFARS data security rules, and in the other we explored the “14 families” of security measures outlined in National Institute for Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171 (NIST SP 800-171). 

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Buying Identity Management: Single-Vendor Platform or Multi-Vendor Point Products? Part 2

Last week we kicked off a four-part series on evaluating a single identity and access management (IAM) platform versus using point products from multiple vendors for your security needs. The first post covered procurement effort and implementation difficulty; today, we’ll discuss integration complexity.

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Buying Identity Management: Single-Vendor Platform vs Multi-Vendor Point Products—Part 1

There can be no doubt that cybersecurity threats are real and increasing in volume and complexity. Not taking a proactive stance puts your organization at high risk for a breach. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report, 62 percent of data breaches last year were the result of hacking. Of those hacking-related breaches, 81 percent were caused by stolen or compromised credentials.

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How to Overcome the Security Hate Factor when Implementing MFA

While best practice security policies and technology help to better secure an enterprise’s critical systems and data,  the added disruption, inconvenience, and effort required by this stepped-up security often create real headaches and bad feelings toward the new policies and technologies.

This is described as a “general hatred of security,” by Mike Pinch, the chief information security officer at University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC), in a presentation to the URMC Security Council.

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Doxware: A Ransomware Strain Coming Soon to a System Near You

Ransomware, which encrypts data on a victim’s machine and then demands payment of a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to decrypt the data, is running rampant in cyberspace. In fact, ransomware attacks increased more than 600 percent last year compared to 2015. Here’s another frightening statistic: There is a ransomware attack on a company every 40 seconds.

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University Security: Implications of BYOD Policies - Part 2

Bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies are now a necessity for universities and colleges across the country. In Part 1 of this series, we covered the positives and negatives of BYOD, as well as the security implications of such policies. In this post, we’ll go over how to easily implement secure BYOD using a modern identity and access management (IAM) platform.

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University Security: Implications of BYOD Policies - Part 1

Bring your own device, or BYOD, is a fast-growing trend on higher-education campuses across the country. In fact, at least 42 percent of U.S. colleges and universities have implemented a BYOD strategy. Meanwhile, bandwidth on campuses has nearly tripled since 2012, with more than 70 percent of schools offering at least 1 GB, in part because of the need to keep up with BYOD demand.

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