Press Release: Strengthening Web Authentication, Without Overcorrecting

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BEDFORD, NH–(Marketwired – Jun 3, 2014) – Today, PistolStar, Inc. announced immediate availability of PortalGuard’s newest solution, PassiveKey. PortalGuard’s PassiveKey is a customer driven response to deliver the latest in innovative identity solutions. PassiveKey transparently enables two-factor authentication while allowing the user to login with the familiar username/password approach. This simultaneously strengthens authentication and eliminates the need for end-user training.

“Many think the correlation between strong security and identity logins is an unavoidable inconvenience to the end user. With PassiveKey, you can strengthen identity logins without ever impacting the end user,” says Thomas Hoey, founder and CEO of PistolStar, Inc. “Increasing security can be accomplished with many different second factor methods, but most stifle usability, negatively impacting the end user,” Hoey says. “Answering the need for both security and usability, PassiveKey cuts through all the hassle of second factors without ever compromising strong identity security.”

 

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With PassiveKey enrolled on a user’s device, the user logs into the protected account like they normally would with their password while PassiveKey transparently generates and transmits a one-time token which is validated by the PortalGuard server based on a shared secret between the two. “It is clear that it is no longer enough to protect private information with just a password,” Hoey continues. “Authenticating the user today must be more than just a user’s password, but the login process must be as easy as using just a password.” Revolutionizing logins, PassiveKey is restoring the balance between security and usability.

For more details or a free demo of PassiveKey, visit the product page here.

To see our PassiveKey video click here.

About PistolStar, Inc.
PistolStar, Inc. was founded in 1999 and is located in Bedford, NH and provides multiple services through PortalGuard. PortalGuard is Your Ideal Identity Solutions Experience, providing dedicated services, innovative solutions, and proven value. For more information, visit our website.

Are You Only a Hacktivists Away from Chaos?

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Data security is a hot topic right now with Target, Michaels, and other large companies reporting data breaches. After all the time, money, and publicity from the breaches, I am sure they wish they could turn back time and deploy a stronger authentication to guard against the black market hacktivists that caused the chaos.

 

In Cameron Shilling’s article “Is Your Business a Data Breach Away from Disaster?,” Shilling states, “data security breaches are not just perpetrated by Internet hackers looking for credit card numbers. For example, health care providers are targeted for medical ad insurance information, and educational institutions are targeted for financial aid and personal information about students, parents and alumni.” If your company is housing private information, you are a target for the hacktivists. No matter how small or how large, your company is at risk.

 

Even though this is a serious problem, we take these warnings and disregard them with thoughts like “it could never happen to me” or “that takes too much time and money.” But it could happen to you, and a serious data breach is just one hacktivists away, resulting in losing personal information and creditability with your customers.

 

Many companies do not realize that the cost of a data breach can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 

Shilling also points out that there are unforeseen costs to a companies data breach; “costs include direct expenses to investigate, provide notifications and remediate the breach, such as for legal counsel, computer forensic consultants, public relations specialist, credit monitoring services and price concessions,” these make up about 40% of the total costs for “fixing” a data breach. Shilling goes on to point out that “the greater losses, which are often hidden to most businesses, arise from indirect costs, like diminishing revenue and profits from lost customer business, and diminishing employee productivity from time spent addressing the breach and its aftermath.” Without a doubt, it is more cost effective and efficient to deploy a strong authentication solution before the breach takes place.

 

Everyone should take the necessary steps to secure their systems and private information. It is well worth the effort to protect against breaches. Many companies and organizations are turning to the affordable, strong, hassle-free two-factor authentication like PassiveKey, created by the authentication experts at PortalGuard.

 

Don’t be at high risk anymore!

 

 

 

Shilling, Cameron G. “Is Your Business a Data Breach Away from Disaster?” Business Magazine Mar. 2014: 26-27. Print.