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With the 4.3 Release of RapidIdentity and the new RapidIdentity Mobile App, Identity Automation makes it easier to increase authentication security during sign-on.  We make it possible to provide single sign-on (SSO) to nearly all web-apps with new support for OAuth 2.0 and the introduction a new Form-Fill authentication browser plug-in for web applications that do not support SSO protocols. This release also includes several customer requested, time-saving templates and configuration settings.  

Multi factor Authentication (MFA) is an extremely hot topic among enterprises, education organizations, and consumers alike. Almost daily, we hear about a data breach being discovered in the news. Often, the response to such an intrusion is for the impacted users to change their passwords and enable some type of multi factor authentication on their accounts.

The term shadow IT conjures up images of a malevolent, invisible force that poses a threat to security policies. Sounds scary, right? While shadow IT does have the ability to create a bottleneck, it tends to occur in the most benign of situations.

At a certain point in your ongoing push to modernize security at your organization comes the moment of truth: time to present your initiatives, and your results, to your board of directors (BOD). In the past, you may have gotten by with little more than a cursory explanation, touching on little more than compliance issues, but in 2017, cybersecurity no longer flies under the BOD’s radar.

By this point in our series on security and the CEO, it should be clear that security isn’t just a technological issue. It’s a cultural one, and you must improve your organization’s security culture, as well as its security processes and technologies. To accelerate your digital transformation, security must become part of your company’s very DNA. That’s where the CEO comes into play.

As more and more organizations realize the benefits of “cloud computing," the demand to host applications and services in the cloud continues to rise. Identity Automation and many of our customers have moved significant workloads into Amazon Web Services (AWS) or other cloud-hosted environments, and as a result, the need to automate and manage tasks in these environments has become more commonplace.

Amazon has provided management API’s to accommodate these needs and RapidIdentity allows customers to use them, in order to provide the same automation and “ease of use” in managing their cloud resources that they have come to rely upon for their day-to-day, on-premise IT processes.

In 2017, ransomware, the use of weaponized encryption to block access to a computer system or service until a ransom is paid, is all the rage among hackers. In fact, ransomware is now one of the top three most common malware threats.

The situation is dire, with hackers requesting ransoms of up to $73,000 per attack. Ransomware payments totaled more than $1 billion in 2016, a massive jump from the mere $34 million paid in 2015.

A specter is haunting your business—the specter of shadow IT. It’s circumventing your security policies, compromising your data sovereignty, and costing you money. It lurks on your networks, on your employees’ computers and devices, on your servers, and in the cloud. Ever-present and always out of sight…or, at least, that’s how it sounds.     

At this stage in your efforts toward modernizing your company’s information security program, it’s time to move beyond education and dialogue into more concrete action. By following these seven steps, you can pave the way toward a more secure future for your organization.

Now that your C-suite understands your company’s information security program, it’s time to move further into the educational phase.

As you evaluate and prioritize the risks your organization faces, identity and access management (IAM) should become a clearer and clearer priority. To help you educate your CEO on the need for increased investment in modern IAM solutions, here is some key IAM terminology that you can use as you work to transition your company to a more modern strategy.