Access Smart® Improves Cybersecurity with Power LogOn – Multifactor Password Manager for Business.
Ladera Ranch, CA – Nov 10, 2015 – Access Smart, LLC today announced that the Power LogOn software now supports all versions of Windows 10 and Internet Explorer 11. Power LogOn – multifactor password manager for business, adds an extra layer of cybersecurity during the initial logon process to Windows 10/IE11 with an efficient authentication solution. Now IT can keep passwords secure, and employees don’t have to manage passwords.
A cyber-attack can cost a company about $248 per record stolen. That’s why cybersecurity must start before the firewall. Power LogOn complements computer logon by adding on a security-enhanced password manager. The greatest cyber threat to any company is employee managed user names and passwords. To access the power of Windows 10/IE11, employees don’t need to type in their user name and password. By removing this cybersecurity vulnerability, Power LogOn puts the control of sensitive data back in the hands of IT professionals where it belongs. Read More→
Know your Password Manager
Last week the cybersecurity industry was a buzz about the Boston-based company LogMeIn, Inc purchasing LastPass for $125M. In the different news articles some interesting facts were quoted:
- Only 10 percent of knowledge workers today use a password manager
- Only 37 percent of survey participants use passwords that contain both letters and numbers
- Nearly 64 percent of people who use the Internet deploy the same password for most websites
- Nearly 80 percent of cloud-based services and apps have monitored, sensitive or private information
- 35 percent intend to adopt a password manager in the next 12 months
While these are staggering statistics, it’s the last one I want to address. That’s because not all password managers are the same. You need to understand the differences before you deploy. Read More→
Every day I read another post, hear another news story, or have another conversation that passwords are insecure and that PKI and digital certificates must replace passwords. Comparing passwords to certificates, or PKI, is not correct because:
- A passwords is a single component within multifactor authentication.
- Certificates and PKI are a complete infrastructure made up of many different components.
- What keeps certificates secure is how their keys are safeguarded, generated, protected, and managed
Power LogOn Helps Migrate Companies to PKI Adoption.
In my many blogs, videos and whitepapers, I discuss how passwords are secure, but their management isn’t. Frequently, cybersecurity specialists believe that I’m pitting my Power LogOn solution against a PKI solution. That is not my intent. In reality, Power LogOn is a stepping-stone to PKI adoption.
This is not a contest of one technology being better than another, but rather matching the right technology to the environmental requirements. For example, what’s the difference between a Ferrari and a Jeep? Both are automobiles, they have engines, tires, seats, etc., and both will get you from point A to B on any paved road. However, you would never take your Ferrari off-roading in the Utah desert, nor would you drive a banged-up jeep to the red carpet at the Oscars. Implementation is about matching the correct vehicle to the environmental requirements. IT must also match the correct cyber authentication solution to the company’s requirements. Read More→
Passwords will never die!
White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel stated at the 9th annual Identity Ecosystem Steering Group’s conference, “I often say that one of my key goals in my job that I would really love to be able to do is to kill the password dead.”
Really? With all the attacks and hacks coming from foreign governments, organized crime, hacktivists and terrorists, you want killing passwords to be your key goal? Multifactor authentication consists of three parts: Something you Know, Have and Are. Passwords are the something you Know so by killing passwords you weaken authentication. Read More→