Recent Posts by Kathleen Garska

Kathleen Garska, Identity Automation's Director of Marketing, is an experienced digital marketer and marketing communications specialist within the B2B and technology spaces. With a decade of professional writing and editing experience, Kathleen heads Identity Automation's marketing department, managing the strategic direction of the company's blog, website, content resources, digital marketing and demand generation efforts. Beyond Marketing, Kathleen is a dedicated (see: obsessed) dog mom to two rotten terriers, and she loves art, travel, cooking, yoga, and cycling.

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained: Email and SMS OTPs

One time passwords (OTPs) are a popular choice for organizations looking to step up their security with two-factor authentication (2FA). These randomly generated passwords are only valid for a single login session and overcome many of the vulnerabilities of traditional passwords.

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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained: Challenge Response Authentication

Challenge/Response, also known as knowledge-based authentication, is a form of authentication where users verify their identities by answering “challenge” questions based on personal information about the user.

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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained: Push Notifications

More and more, organizations are looking for cost-effective alternatives to traditional passwords that increase security without affecting usability. Many people believe that push notification authentication, a newer mobile-based authentication method, could be the answer.

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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained: RFID Access Control

Historically, magnetic stripe cards were used for access control. However, these cards aren’t particularly secure, as the information stored on them is typically not encrypted. Additionally, they have to be physically swiped, leading to issues with wear and tear.

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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained: 2D Barcode Authentication

As part of our 2FA Explained series, we recently looked at magnetic stripe cards. Another authentication method that has long been in use and can be printed onto cards are 2D barcodes.

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Onboarding and Offboarding: 7 Identity Lifecycle Management Challenges Solved with Modern IAM, Part 2

In Part 1 of this series, we discussed the challenges that come with onboarding employees and granting access, specifically determining which permissions to give an employee, providing employees with day one access, and managing ad-hoc access requests.

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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained: Magnetic Stripe Card

Today, there are many card-based options for controlling physical and network access. Although many organizations have transitioned to newer, more secure options, such as smart cards and RFID cards, others still have  magnetic stripe cards in place.

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Onboarding and Offboarding: 7 Identity Lifecycle Management Challenges Solved with Modern IAM, Part 1

Identity lifecycle management presents a number of challenges: You need to quickly onboard employees so that they have access to the applications needed to do their jobs, you need to immediately offboard them when they leave the organization so they’re not a security threat, and you need to ensure IT isn’t bogged down with all changes in between as employees shift roles, get promoted, change locations, and so on.

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Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) Explained: Social Login

Companies and end-users alike are constantly looking for authentication methods that lower barriers to entry and improve user experience without compromising security.

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Healthcare Cybersecurity and the Human Factor: Using Risk-Based Authentication that Considers Behavioral Factors

In the healthcare industry, a lot of energy goes into driving practitioner efficiency and making patient data easier for clinicians to access. But is enough focus being put on security and protecting patient data?

News headlines indicate the answer is a resounding no. There have been a slew of notable healthcare breaches in recent years.

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