Monday, 30 June 2014

A Cloud-Based, Inexpensive Password Manager

Once upon a time, IT companies had to manage their own security and user authentication systems. No longer! Security expenditure zooming and impractical business requirements that are too expensive to implement are things of the past. There exist now cloud based password managers that provide PaaS (Password as a Service) functionality.

That means that the implementation of the security system is outsourced to an external agency that does the job and takes the responsibility for the business. The software has facilities that can do whatever that is necessary in the password management module. Recovery and reset functionality can be extended onto a registered mobile number or email address. This means that the users of these Windows-based systems are able to manage their user authentication themselves.

The company no longer worries about implementing enterprise-wide security measures. Costs incurred are minimal in comparison to standard approaches and conventional methods. In those cases, we do the software design from the ground up by augmenting existing user authentication tools. Now, an organization can be up and running in a matter of hours thanks to the facilities of cloud computing.

Oracle, SAP, Windows and IBM i are also supported by these security providers. All in all, a life-saver of a business optimization that has already been adopted by hundreds of organizations internationally and also been extended in the corporate world by partnerships with other leading firms.

Password Management and Recovery made Easy

Designing the security system for an IT firm can be challenging and expensive. It’s long, error-prone and difficult to verify and validate in a short time. Now, however, we no longer need to build an entirely new system. Password management software has been developed that, in a simple fashion, provides self-service employee and customer authentication. In a telling study, it was found that 85% of calls made to the IT help desk are about password reset and recovery.

By providing the software with the mobile numbers and email addresses of the users, the system empowers them with the ability to manage reset and recovery themselves. It’s actually a form of self-service. In the old procedure, the user had to call the helpdesk, ask for a reset, and have his access privileges granted from the server. In this new and innovative procedure, the user sends a text message to a gateway asking for an account reset. The gateway responds with a code that, combined with the email address, provides 2-step identity verification.

The user then inputs the code and is provided with a screen where he can reset the password. The time taken is 20 minutes for the first approach, and a stunning 2 minutes for the second. Combined with the cost and labour savings involved (60% of the old system’s), this security software is a option that all IT companies absolutely must explore in depth and detail.