Your Action Plan for Addressing Ransomware


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.

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Identity and Access Management Terms Your C-Suite Needs to Know


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.  

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Announcing the Latest Releases of  RapidIdentity and RapidIdentity MFA

Upgrade now for new report templates, password alternatives for Chromebooks, and remote start-ups, logins, and shutdowns.

We are very excited to announce the latest releases of RapidIdentity 4.2 and RapidIdentity MFA 4.8 (formerly 2FA ONE) and want to share the details of the new capabilities available to those who choose to upgrade.

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Is Two-Factor Enough or Do I Need Multi-Factor Authentication?


By now, we should all be aware of the inadequacies of passwords. Breach after breach, it's been made painfully clear that single-factor authentication is not enough. But when the traditional means of authentication are so clearly flawed, what’s the next step?

Generally speaking, the best practice is to step-up your security with either two-factor or multi-factor authentication. As these standards have quickly become essential parts of the information security toolkit, they've also become top-of-mind considerations for many IT and security pros.

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Strong Authentication Methods: One Size Does Not Fit All

Eliminating or reducing the number of passwords in the enterprise remains a top focus of management and security professionals alike. While single sign-on technologies, such as password managers, identity federation, and operating system-based technologies, that reduce and simplify the number of passwords have been in use for years, the number of passwords and emerging technologies to address the problem has also increased.

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Phishing Campaigns Require a Proactive Approach to Security

Intruders Thrive on Complacency.

When it comes to the threat landscape, nothing makes information security teams shudder more than complacent users, whether they be employees, partners, vendors, or customers. Yearly security and awareness trainings have become all the rage (rightly so), helping to check off boxes on company compliance audits. However, all too often, new users or even seasoned veterans can be caught off-guard and open the door to evildoers.  

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Multi-Factor Authentication Changes with PCI-DSS 3.2

Compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) alone does not ensure security against data breaches and stolen payment card records. Even the PCI-DSS website defines the standard’s priorities as helping:

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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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Interop 2016 Recap: Biometric Authentication and MFA


Earlier this month, I attended the
2016 Interop Conference in Las Vegas. While I had many discussions with attendees on a variety of identity and access security topics, I was surprised by the number of questions about biometrics and multi-factor authentication (MFA).  The majority of people asking these questions were interested in better understanding if and how biometrics should be used as part of their authentication process. Since this topic came up so often at Interop, I’m guessing a lot of you have similar questions. So, I thought it would be helpful to provide some additional biometrics and our point our view on them.

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