PortSys fights brute force attacks on Microsoft Office 365 with Total Access Control

Organizations set own security policies to fight attacks, keep operations running smoothly with TAC

MARLBOROUGH, MA – March 11, 2018PortSys®, a global innovator in information security and access control for the enterprise, today announced that it is expanding the brute force protection capabilities of Total Access Control™ (TAC) for customers using Microsoft Office 365.

Microsoft’s software as a service (SaaS) frequently locks down user accounts if there are too many invalid attempts to log in to Office 365, significantly limiting the productivity of many organizations. TAC’s proprietary technology serves as a proxy for access to Office 365, so customers can define their own rules to protect against attacks while still allowing access to legitimate users.

Companies can incur significant operational costs and productivity losses from brute force attacks. Hacking attempts using brute force or dictionary attacks increased 400 percent in 2017, with 81 percent of hacking-related breaches leveraging stolen and weak passwords.

In a brute force attack, an intruder uses automated tools that generate different combinations of a user’s password to gain unauthorized access to an application. However, even legitimate users may be locked out if they enter the wrong password too many times – a fate all too common for those trying to remember the numerous passwords they have for various applications.

TAC allows organizations to set variable or partial access security policies for resources across the enterprise, whether local or cloud, so users don’t have to conform to “all or none” access policies from vendors such as Microsoft. When anyone – a legitimate user or possible intruder – tries to access the Office 365 account, TAC first verifies the user. If the user doesn’t pass muster, access is denied without the user ever touching the actual Office 365 application. That means legitimate users are never locked out of their accounts, while intruders are shut out.

“Understanding when someone is trying to compromise your organization’s resources is important, but so is keeping your team working,” said Michael Oldham, CEO, PortSys. “TAC provides protection that stymies hackers trying to do damage to your organization, but still allows trusted end users of Office 365 to work through their day without interruption. With TAC, brute force protection is what you want it to be, not what a cloud provider says it is.”

ABOUT PORTSYS, INC.                                        

PortSys, Inc., a privately funded company, is a global innovator in information security and access control. Some of the world’s largest organizations rely on PortSys’ scalable Total Access Control solution to significantly strengthen, simplify and unify IT security across the enterprise, making the lives of administrators and end users easier. PortSys serves customers from its U.S. headquarters in Marlborough, MA, offices in the UK, and distributors throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. For more information, visit www.portsys.com.

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