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November 17, 2016
Kaseya AuthAnvil Means New Security for Office 365 Users
By Steve Anderson
Security is front-of-mind in just about every field these days. From retail operations fighting against data breaches to Internet of Things (IoT) developers desperate to keep impressive new inventions and sensors from being hacker gateways, security is a big part of the field. The good news is that this has meant a lot of great new innovations in security, and one recently emerged from Kaseya (News - Alert), whose new AuthAnvil means extra protection for Office 365 users.
Kaseya is generally best known for its IT management tools for both managed service providers (MSPs) and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in general. Now, with Kaseya AuthAnvil, it's providing protection for these and other firms who put Office 365 to use. Kaseya AuthAnvil represents an identity and access management (IAM) system that allows for single sign on (SSO) authentication, as well as multifactor authentication (MFA (News - Alert)) and automated user provisioning all in one package.
The new SSO support helps provide not only better security, but also greater simplicity and time savings, which often translates into cash savings as well over a sufficiently long period. Since users need only sign in once to access several different applications, that smoothes out the process and also helps improve employee engagement; few things kill morale quite like walking into a password quagmire only minutes after entering the building.
The MFA support works with a host of end-user devices, making it worthwhile for mobile operations thanks to an iOS and Android (News - Alert) thrust, as well as office-bound operations since it works with Windows 10. It even meets HIPAA standards, which allows it to work in several different market verticals.
Plus, Kaseya AuthAnvil can directly work with a company's Active Directory, or similar user directory, to provide some extra automation to the process and trim some of the time out of IT's day as well; there's no longer a call for user accounts and assigning common privileges thanks to AuthAnvil's systems.
Kaseya's chief product officer Mike Puglia commented, “With Kaseya AuthAnvil, our multiple layers of security checks and balances ensure that access is limited to authorized users only, giving IT leaders peace of mind in the security of their corporate information.”
Given that Lync subscriptions are on the rise in a big way—in 2016, subscriptions were up 40 percent over 2015, reaching a total of 85 million—that may have meant a lot of great new opportunities for hackers. But with protection methods under steady development, many of these opportunities have been shut before even becoming real factors in the field. Good news for users, and good news for everyone who comes in contact with those users as well.
Security is front-of-mind everywhere these days, and those looking to better protect Lync operations will likely find those needs satisfied by Kaseya AuthAnvil.
Edited by Alicia Young
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