5 Signs You Need to Upgrade Your Legacy IAM

*Disclaimer: This article originally appeared in SecurityWeek

IT leadership is a constant balancing act, especially as you must look for ways to advance your department as an engine for growth rather than a cost center. Unfortunately, time and resources for revenue-stimulating, strategic IT initiatives are often in short supply, thanks to the demands of mundane, but critical, day-to-day tasks. Of the day-to-day tasks that often become major resource drains, user identity and access management (IAM) is not only one of the most crucial to get right, but can also be one of the most problematic.

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The 2 Most Common IDaaS Misperceptions


In our last post, we discussed some of the most compelling reasons for adopting identity and access management (IAM) in the cloud. Like most other cloud services, identity as a service (IDaaS) offers cost-effective, high availability and affordable scalability. However, as you consider the possibility of moving from your legacy, on-premises IAM system to the cloud, it’s vital that you begin with a clear understanding of common misperceptions that haunt the emerging IDaaS market; here are the two biggest ones:

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Why All the Interest in Cloud-Based IAM?


It’s practically a given that at least some of your IT systems and operations are in now in the cloud. In fact, 70 percent of small businesses and 90 percent of midmarket enterprises do, and the rest must begin to do so soon or risk falling behind their competition. According to Cisco, 83 percent of all data center traffic will be based in the cloud within the next three years; 2017 will see a particularly significant migration of workloads moving to cloud-based platforms, with IT modernization leading the way.

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6 Things Schools Can Do to Ensure Student Data Privacy

In a changing digital world, here's how to keep student data safe

*Disclaimer: This article originally appeared in eSchool News

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URGENT: 97% of Top Companies Experience Data Leaks; IAM Must Be a Priority

In a recent analysis of the top 1,000 global companies, 97 percent were found to have had leaked credentials that were made publicly available on the Web. While this statistic is disturbing enough by itself, what is more troublesome is how that information is captured and made public.

Many leaked credentials come as the result of an organization suffering from a data breach, but another method that attackers are using is to steal credentials from a third-party source, similar to what happened when Spotify and Pandora were attacked. In both of these incidents, corporate emails used to sign up for accounts were either published or sold. Dating and adult websites are also common places where corporate emails are inappropriately used to create accounts, resulting in more than 300,000 corporate or government worker email addresses being exposed.

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It’s National Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

Did you know October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)? This annual awareness campaign was developed by the Department of Homeland Security to educate and raise awareness about cybersecurity. Each week of NCSAM has a different theme, and this week’s theme is Every Day Steps Towards Online Safety with Stop.Think.Connect.™

Cybersecurity is a shared responsibility, and Stop.Think.Connect aims to increase people's understanding of cyber threats by getting everyone, regardless of industry, corporation size, or user type, to take steps towards being more secure. In honor of this theme, we thought there’d be no better way to kick-off NCSAM than to sit down with our resident cybersecurity expert and CEO, James Litton to discuss cybersecurity trends and what organizations can do to mitigate security threats.

Watch our interview with him below:

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Compliance Must Become More than Earning a “Participation Trophy”



One of the most concerning trends for 2016 seems to be "Another day, 
another healthcare data breach." Breaches are becoming an all too regular occurrence and not just among healthcare providers. Retailerscredit and financial institutionsentertainment giants, and even governmental agencies are falling prey to the hackers, and in many cases are allowing access to very private customer data, at an alarming rate.

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Identity Automation Acquires 2FA, Inc. Adding Powerful Authentication Capabilities to our IAM Portfolio

I am excited to share our latest press release announcing that Identity Automation has acquired, 2FA, Inc., a cybersecurity company that specializes in multi-factor authentication and enterprise single sign-on (SSO).

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The Value of Identity Part 3: Five Steps to Avoid a Breach



In Part 1 and Part 2 of my series on the value of identity, we looked at the consequences of revealing excessive personal information in public, more specifically the digital realm, can have on the individual and an organization. We saw that hackers can use the information you reveal on social media and the internet not only to impersonate and steal your identity, but to even infiltrate and take control of your company’s network. 

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Our CTO, Troy Moreland Discusses Joining IMS Global and the OneRoster™ Standard

As you may have heard, we recently announced that we have become an Affiliate Member of the IMS Global Learning Consortium. 

The OneRoster standard is a subset of the Learning Information Services standard that focuses on the school’s needs to exchange roster information and grades. 

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