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by Kevin Lancaster

We’ve all heard the old saw “the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over and expecting different results”, and that applies to cybersecurity too. Over 80% of data breaches are caused by weak, stolen or compromised passwords, yet most companies rely on them as a first-line cybersecurity tool. It’s past time for companies to stop the insanity of relying on such an outdated, flimsy security measure. 

An innovative, remote-friendly solution like Passly is what today’s companies need to adopt to secure their systems and data, especially as remote work ramps up breach and incursion dangers. As you’re comparing your IAM options, keep these five tips in mind to make sure that you’re getting the features that you need without blowing up your cybersecurity budget.

1. Make ease of use your top priority.  

Any IAM platform that you choose needs to be painless for both your users and your IT staff. Choose a solution that offers convenient, remote-friendly forms of verification delivery. Make sure that your choice is the right fit as part of your digital risk protection platform and seamlessly integrates with commonly used applications like Office 365, Salesforce, and Marketo. 

2. Don’t make more work (or worry) for IT staffers 

Every IT staff is trying to do more with less right now, and a rapid transition to supporting a remote workforce hasn’t helped alleviate any of their stress. Eliminating the constant need to reset lost passwords and adding the convenience of remote management tools like shared password vaults eases the pressure. Single sign-on launchpads for each unique user also streamlines the workflow for IT staffers and giving them more secure access control for applications and servers.  

3. Take Dark Web threats seriously 

There are thousands of lists of passwords on the Dark Web, not to mention loads of easy-to-use password cracking software, and its’ laughably easy for bad actors to quickly get a hold of everything that they need to launch credential stuffing attacks. Companies of every size must account for threats from the Dark Web, so choose an IAM solution that offers Dark Web alerts and integrates perfectly with your Dark Web threat exposure intelligence solution. You are monitoring the Dark Web, right? 

4. Account for human error 

Mistakes will be made, and that has to factor into your calculations, For example, phishing is a tremendous and well known threat, and it drastically reduces the chance of an attack landing to make sure that users are frequently trained and tested with a cutting-edge phishing training tool – but people still get caught sometimes. This is where multifactor authentication shines. If somebody mistakenly gives their login information to the bad guys, it’s not going to do them any good because they need a second identifier to open the door.

5. Don’t spend more than you need to 

Single sign-on, multifactor authentication, secured password vaults, Dark Web alerts, and robust remote support all sound great in theory, but how can you afford all those tools? Choose the IAM platform that offers all of those features in one multitool. Passly is the secure identity and access management solution that checks off every item on your IAM shopping list at a price you’ll love. Contact us to set up a demo today