PortalGuard Delivers Flexible Multi-Factor Vendor Integrations

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PortalGuard v6.1 adds multiple vendor integrations in addition to their already extensive list of one-time code options

"We're excited to expand the options available in PortalGuard to include the latest biometric and hardware-based tokens, further establishing PortalGuard as a true integration nexus for use by organizations of all sizes." - Gregg Browinski, CTO at PistolStar, Inc.

As a pioneer in Authentication, PistolStar, Inc.’s goal is to ensure its flagship product, PortalGuard, has the most up to date integrations available. PistolStar, Inc. is committed to being on the cutting edge of trends and guidelines in the authentication management industry and is excited to announce several Multi-Factor Authentication vendor integrations now available within the PortalGuard product. Vendor integrations now supported by PortalGuard include: Duo Security, FIDO, Google, RSA SecurID, VoiceIt, and Yubico.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) combines something you know, such as a password, with something you have or something you are, like a hardware token or voice print. Using this method allows an end-user to securely and safely access their accounts and minimizes the threat of a cyber-attack. Joining the list of MFA options that PortalGuard supports are several hardware tokens and biometric alternatives that all add an extra layer of security for the user.

Integrations with PortalGuard

PortalGuard now supports integration with Smart Cards. Used extensively by the military and federal government, PIV (aka CAC) cards utilize a cryptographic chip which contains a public/private keypair. The Smart Card is protected by a pin that releases the user’s identity to PortalGuard via a HTTPS negotiation leveraging standard Public Key Infrastructure (PKI).

The FIDO standard introduced by the FIDO Alliance boasts founding members such as Google and Yubico. PortalGuard supports this cost-effective hardware token whether it be the Titan Security Key by Google or Yubico's own Security Key which works with popular browsers, websites and services.

PortalGuard now offers support for a biometrics-based multi-factor option utilizing the service provider VoiceIt. They are a cloud-based biometrics service where you record different phrases during a one-time enrollment and can subsequently be prompted to repeat them later as a second factor proof of "something you are".

First appearing in v5.8, PortalGuard integrates with the popular Duo Push App for existing Duo customers. This is a true "out of band" authentication option that offers best of breed usability and security. After providing the standard username and password, a notification is sent to users' smartphone via the Duo App, where verifying is as simple as tapping an “approve” button. There is no need to receive or re-type any one-time codes.

Gregg Browinski, Chief Technology Officer at PistolStar, on the benefits of enhancing the PortalGuard list of MFA options: "Multi-Factor Authentication has become crucial to securing organization's critical assets. We're excited to expand the options available in PortalGuard to include the latest biometric and hardware-based tokens, further establishing PortalGuard as a true integration nexus for use by organizations of all sizes. By maintaining this flexibility, we ensure our customers can utilize the proper combination of multi-factor implementations across their environment."

These new integrations join PortalGuard’s existing stable of MFA options which includes: Google Authenticator, HOTP HMAC tokens, Yubikey hardware tokens, RSA SecurID, the PortalGuard Mobile app, SMS OTP, Voice Call OTP, Email OTP, Help Desk Generated OTP, and printed codes.

For further information regarding other features and updates in PortalGuard v.6.1, or to upgrade your current version, contact PistolStar, Inc. today.

About PistolStar, Inc.
PistolStar, Inc. is a leading authority on secure portal architecture. Its solutions are built to adapt to changing circumstances offered by tailored authentication services. Its flagship product, PortalGuard, is a secure, central integration portal software that is suited to fit both on-premises and cloud-based environments. From secure Single Sign-On and Self-Service Password Reset to seamless integration and brandability, PortalGuard has brought phenomenal growth to PistolStar, Inc. This growth is also attributed to the team’s dedicated and responsive customer support. For over 19 years, PistolStar has provided its solutions to both companies and educational institutions.

About Duo Security
Duo Security helps defend organizations against data breaches by making security easy and effective. The company has more than 10,000 customers globally. Founded in Michigan, Duo has offices in both Ann Arbor and Detroit, as well as bustling hubs in Austin, Texas; San Mateo, California; and London. Visit http://www.duo.com to find out more.

About Google
Google is a public and profitable company focused on search services. Named for the mathematical term "googol," Google operates web sites at many international domains, with the most trafficked being http://www.google.com. Google is widely recognized as the "world's best search engine" because it is fast, accurate and easy to use. The company also serves corporate clients, including advertisers, content publishers and site managers with cost-effective advertising and a wide range of revenue generating search services. Google's breakthrough technology and continued innovation serve the company's mission of "organizing the world's information and making it universally accessible and useful."

About RSA
RSA, a Dell Technologies business, offers business-driven security solutions that link business context with security incidents to help organizations manage digital risk and protect what matters most. Award-winning cybersecurity solutions from RSA can detect and respond to advanced attacks; manage user identities and access; and, reduce business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. RSA protects millions of users around the world and helps more than 90% of Fortune 500 companies thrive in an uncertain, high-risk world. For more information, go to rsa.com.

About VoiceIt
VoiceIt Technologies provides a cloud-based, pay-as-you-go, voice biometrics platform (Patent # 9,799,338) that enables developers and businesses to rapidly build and deploy voice biometric security solutions that meet their specific cybersecurity needs. Whether integrating into new or existing interactive voice response (IVR) systems, mobile applications and/or websites, VoiceIt removes the traditional obstacles of entry, it is easy to use and provides a security platform at a reasonable cost. VoiceIt gives businesses the ability to innovate, prototype, create and, most importantly, solve cybersecurity issues that exist today. The company is privately held and based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

About Yubico
Yubico sets new global standards for simple and secure access to computers, mobile devices, servers, and internet accounts. Founded in 2007, Yubico is privately held, with offices in Sweden, UK, Germany, USA, Australia, and Singapore. For more information: http://www.yubico.com

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