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Multi-Factor Authentication Requirement NIST SP 800-171

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

NIST SP 800-171Hackers are getting smarter every day. Cyber threats and security breaches have progressed to the point where passwords are no longer considered sufficient to protect data on any device on any network. This makes your organization vulnerable to today’s sophisticated phishing attempts and other targeted attacks. That is why the federal government now requires all contractors to comply with NIST SP 800-171 guidelines for multi-factor authentication — or risk losing their contracts! If your organization works with the federal government, setting up two factor authentication is absolutely critical to ensure your business is in compliance. Below is a list of the key requirements of this new security regulation. Read through it carefully, identify your needs, and contact us for an immediate consultation or attend an informative webinar based on your level of urgency. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

Key requirements in NIST SP 800-171 include:

Access Control

  • Limit information system access to authorized users
  • Separate the duties of individuals to reduce the risk of malevolent collusion
  • Limit unsuccessful login attempts
  • Require encryption and authentication of various devices (including mobile devices), and route remote access through managed access control points

Awareness and Training

  • Educate managers, systems administrators and users about security risks associated with their activities and applicable policies, standards and procedures
  • Provide security awareness training on recognizing and reporting potential indicators of insider threat

Audit and Accountability

  • Use automated mechanisms to integrate and correlate audit and reporting processes
  • Support on-demand analysis and reporting

Configuration Management

  • Limit the types of programs users can install
  • Control and monitor all user-installed software

Identification and Authentication

  • Enforce minimum password complexity, i.e., “smart passwords”
  • Disable identifiers after a defined period of inactivity
  • Prevent reuse of identifiers for a defined period

Incident Response

  • Develop and test an incident response plan.

Maintenance

  • Ensure equipment removed off-site is sanitized of any UCTI
  • Require multifactor authentication to establish nonlocal maintenance sessions

Media Protection

  • Protect (i.e. physically control and securely store) information system media (paper and digital) containing UCTI*
  • Sanitize or destroy information system media containing UCTI* before disposal or release for reuse

Personnel Security

  • Screen individuals prior to authorizing access to systems containing UCTI*
  • Maintain audit logs of physical access
  • Control and manage physical access devices

Risk Assessment

  • Scan for and remediate vulnerabilities in the information system and applications

Security Assessment

  • Periodically assess and monitor the security controls for effectiveness in their applications
  • Develop and implement plans of action designed to correct deficiencies and reduce/eliminate vulnerabilities

System and Communications Protection

  • Separate user functionality from information system management functionality
  • Implement cryptographic mechanisms to prevent unauthorized disclosure of UCTI* during transmission
  • Control and monitor the use of Voice over Internet Protocol technologies

System and Information Integrity

  • Update malicious code protection mechanisms when new releases are available
  • Identify unauthorized use of the information system

*UCTI – Unclassified Controlled Technical Information

You can request a complete eBook available upon request that focuses on some of the most complicated parts of the mandate – and how multi-factor authentication (MFA) and Privileged Access Management (PAM) offer a comprehensive but cost-effective path to complying with these aspects of NIST SP800-171. Please contact us today for a complete copy of this documentation, attend an informative webinar reviewing these requirements or a request a brief consultation from our experienced team of security experts to be sure you stay compliant.

With over 40 years of combined industry experience, AdvantIDge has been helping institutions around the world create secure, cost-effective identity management solutions featuring easy-to-use secure access control systems. As one of the top value added resellers for HID Global, the industry’s most respected security manufacturer, AdvantIDge is committed to ensuring that every client receives the right ID products for their specific needs. Contact us today to set up a private consultation or attend a webinar to learn about your options to comply with NIST SP 800-171 and receive a new level of service in your experience with a security provider!

Security Solutions For The Greater Los Angeles Area

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

security solutionsThe Greater Los Angeles Area encompasses 4,751 square miles, with a population of over 10 million people. Within this landmass is a booming number of businesses opening up warehouses and other large facilities to conduct various business functions. When it comes to security solutions, lets focus in on one shocking statistic: L.A. is home to more people than even New York City, and according to some studies, is more densely populated as well. AdvantIDge is here to help you secure your local business.

Obviously, having the newest technology when it comes to securing your business is important. With such a large, dense population, Los Angeles businesses should always be looking ahead and staying one-up on anyone trying to do harm to their business. A quick Google search into thefts and criminal activity at warehouses and large business facilities would probably leave you shaking in your boots. There is good news though, it’s quite clear these companies did not have up-to-date access control systems in place. Updating your current building to either include a secure access system, or add additional features prevents facing future problems, and gives you, your employees, and visitors peace of mind.

A complete security access control system provides you access control 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, regardless of whether your site consists of one building or many buildings. Not only does a secure access system let you control door, elevator, parking lot, or garage access through the use of an ID Card system, but it can also be setup to let you monitor building maintenance systems and integrate with CCTV and IP Cameras, Alarms and Logical Access for computer logon.

Our systems are 100% reliable and employ proven technologies. Our experienced technical support staff is a phone call away to answer any questions or resolve any difficulties with direct support to end users. With your own ID card printer on-site you can continuously be in control of your access ID cards, and create personalized technology cards for your staff on the spot. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

Asure ID Adds Biometric Scanning

Monday, October 24th, 2016

HID LogoAdvantIDge, in partnership with HID Global, has announced the latest release of its popular Asure ID® 7 Card Personalization Software suite, now incorporating greater functionality to support biometric enrollment and ease of use to the ID card personalization process. To support the biometric needs of healthcare, corporate enterprise and government applications, the latest release adds support for biometric enrollment when using HID Global Lumidigm® fingerprint sensors. Now you are able to store the fingerprint template in an external database using Asure ID’s Live LinkTM real-time data exchange and write the fingerprint template to a various smart cards using the iCLASS SE® encoder.  This new Lumidigm fingerprint sensor enrollment is supported by the following two editions:

  • Asure ID Enterprise – Featuring Live Link for large organizations that require multiple workstations to share a common database over a network in real time.
  • Asure ID Exchange – Designed for the most sophisticated and secure credential applications combining Live Link advanced database support and iDIRECTOR™ technology card design for smart card deployment.

AdventIDge encourages all current owners of Asure ID to download and install the latest update (Asure ID version 7.7), which is available at no charge to current Asure ID 2009 and Asure ID 7 users.  This update can be easily applied from within the application by clicking Options > Resources > Check For Updates.
New users can download a trial version of the software at hidglobal.com/asureid.

AdvantIDge is committed to keeping you up to date with all of your current technology. We offer a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

Badge Buddies Role Recognition Cards

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Badge BuddyBadge Buddies are one of the most popular and necessary ID accessories. If you are a healthcare or large scale customer and aren’t using Badge Buddies, you’re missing out! With so much information sometimes needing to be displayed in a way that it can be readable from a distance, sometimes even an oversized identification badge may not have all of the space needed. That’s why the ID card accessory can be such a great benefit to so many different types of organizations, including healthcare.

These role-recognition cards hang behind an existing ID credential and serve as a way to clearly identify the wearer’s job title.

Badge Buddies…

  • …can be horizontal or vertical, with pre-printed medical titles.
  • …satisfy some state healthcare ID badge law requirements.
  • …are also available in kits, letting your customers create their own.

If your organization is having issues being able to display all of the necessary information for either compliance, or just ease of use and security, consider Badge Buddies as your alternative to an overly-cramped, and as a result less effective, badging solution.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

New Lanyard Customization Capabilities

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Custom LanyardEnhance brand recognition with the addition of a custom lanyard! There are any number of ways to make your organization stand out both within the organization and for corporate events. Our round customizable-printed attachment has a printing area of 1″ and sits just above a user’s badge or ID card, commanding increased attention and getting more eyes on a logo or graphic.

Benefits include:

Variety: Custom-printed attachments are available on a variety of lanyards and can be paired with a bulldog clip, split ring, swivel hook or plastic swivel hook, giving a custom-printed solution for a badge or card.

Durability: High-quality design and printing ensures that the printable attachment will remain vibrant, while dependable plastic and metal end fittings ensure that a badge or card can be securely worn.

Customization: Pair a custom-printed attachment with a lanyard featuring your organization’s name or other graphics. Opt for a multi-colored flat label that utilizes a four-color process to create vibrant logos. Or choose a dome label to extend the life of your printed attachment’s customized label. Customization is available on both sides of the attachment.

Get started now at the Custom Lanyard Designer page.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

 

Access Control Product Lifecycle Notification

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

HID LogoAdvantIDge is committed to providing the highest quality physical access control solutions to our customers. HID Global, an AdvantIDge partner in access control products is implementing a change in their offing; a process for product lifecycle management simplifies that the portfolio and provides a more streamlined menu of products that enable easy and efficient selection of the right solution for each application. This process also provides operational efficiencies for AdvantIDge and our partners, helping us to deliver on our commitment to improve the way we do business.

As part of this product lifecycle management process, the following HID Global products will move to End of Life in the months ahead:

Affected categories:

  • Uncommon Controller Products
  • Uncommon Credential Products
  • Uncommon Credential Programmer Products
  • Uncommon Indala Embedded Reader Components
  • Uncommon Indala Reader Bezels and Accessories

This doesn’t mean that AdvantIDge is fazing out their support for access control systems. We’re simply streamlining our portfolio of offerings with a more focused listing of the best products on the market. You can still count on us as much as ever for all of your access control needs!

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

Datacard SP25 End of Production Announced

Monday, June 6th, 2016

sp35lgAdvantIDge needs to inform you of the discontinuation of a long standing badge printer model in our industry; The SP25 from Entrust Datacard.

The Datacard SP25 Plus Card Printer has been a standard in the industry for over ten years. This announcement is to advise you that the production of all models of this card printer will be coming to an end.

The SP25 Plus has been replaced with the Datacard® SD160™ Card Printer. As an entry level offering, the SD160 has several new and improved features, such as high resolution printing, UV printing, faster throughput and rewrite technology. The SD160 is also lighter and has a smaller footprint. For additional information on the SD160 card printer feel free to contact us here at AdvantIDge so we can tell you more.. Orders for the SP25 Plus printer will be accepted until August 31st, 2016. Please ensure you have a transition plan. This includes orders for new systems and field upgrades to existing systems.

While there has been no official announcements concerning consumables, but consider stocking up now from AdvantIDge as supplies for this model may become hard to find soon.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update– we provide excellent customer service!

Two Factor Authentication Innovation

Monday, January 4th, 2016

2Factors_authorization_iconAdvantIDge is excited to share exciting developments in access protection for digital identification. New enterprise level software provides options for securing all your devices with two factor authentication that can be added to your network while keeping implementation as simple and painless as possible.

Passwords are the most common form of authentication used in the world today. Unfortunately, passwords are also the weakest form of authentication and the most cumbersome to maintain. Two factor authentication functionality removes the need to repeatedly type or manage usernames and passwords. Users typically manage ten or more application passwords and have to enter each countless times throughout the day. By implementing 2FA, users only need to sign in once and the software does the rest when you are an authenticated user on any given device! This streamlines workflows and drives adoption of line of business applications.

On average the newest solutions will save your users 15 minutes per day by streamlining sign-on and access to critical information. These solutions are proven in hundreds of organizations and thousands of applications around the world for government entities of all sizes in addition to corporations and government contractors.

The solution was designed to work with all modern applications and has been recently upgraded to be compatible with Windows 10, the most popular operating system for large scale organizations. Integrated application profiling enables users and administrators to quickly build an application profile using drag and drop field identification or by capturing keystrokes. Once an application template is created it is synchronized with the server where a provisioning policy can be applied for assignment to other users.

Two Factor Authentication works seamlessly with Windows logon, desktop applications, browser-based applications, and within virtual environments.

As opposed to traditional SSO applications, the newest functionality was built upon the authentication platform, resulting is robust strong and two-factor authentication policy being applied at the SSO level. Organizations can now apply robust policy to specific applications, such as requiring a user to logon to Windows with a specific form of strong or two-factor authentication or SSO will not function.

The new SSO functions the same on Windows desktops, virtual desktops, and Shared Workstations.

ActivID ActivClient 7.1 for Windows is the industry standard from HID Global with the latest in market-leading advanced security client that protects workstations and networks with smart cards and USB tokens using two factor authentication. It is the leading smart card middleware used with Common Access Card (CAC), Personal Identity Verification (PIV) and Personal Identity Verification – Interoperable (PIV-I) smart cards in the US Federal Government and meets the NIST SP 800-171 guidelines for multi-factor authentication.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of security solutions for digital identification, secure ID badging and physical access control. From mobile access, two factor authentication and the ongoing supplies for secure issuance, our relationship with the industry’s leading manufacturers means you get the right solution with top level support to insure your project is successful. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your security and identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information!

New Evolis Printer Driver for the Windows 10 Environment

Monday, December 21st, 2015

Evolis Official PartnerAdvantIDge is happy to announce that their partner, Evolis, has completed development of a new driver for their current line of printers. A printer driver is a software interface used by an operating system to control a specific printer. The Evolis printers are managed by a software suite (driver and software) called Evolis Premium Suite or Badgy Premium Suite for the Microsoft Windows Operating System. To meet the needs of improvements, Evolis has a policy of continuous development on its software suite. This has been particularly true since Microsoft’s release of the Windows 10 version of the operating system, and the badge printer industry’s need to meet demand.
As part of its continuous improvement policy, Evolis has developed new software suite for the following printers:

  • Zenius
  • Primacy
  • Elypso
  • Badgy 100 & Badgy 200

Zenius, Primacy and Elypso Printers have a common driver (Evolis Premium Suite).
Badgy 100 & Badgy 200 have also a common driver (Badgy Premium Suite).

The latest version of “Premium Suite” is 6.18.4.750 and has been published on September 25th, 2015 on the Evolis website.

In addition to the setup files, Evolis publishes a history file which includes all details about the latest version.
Evolis recommends you to update the Premium Suite, for the concerned printers, to take full advantage of the latest improvements.

AdvantIDge offers a wide variety of all of the card printer systems, or other visitor management devices, to fill any of your asset tracking, visitor management, or identification card needs. From card printers and supplies for issuance, through to badge clips and other peripherals to put them into your users hands. With more than 40 years of combined industry experience, we’re ready to help you achieve your identification goals. For specific information please contact our Sales department at [email protected] or call 800-965-5932 for more information on this update, we provide excellent customer service!

AdvantIDge Thanksgiving 2015

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015

pictures-for-thanksgiving-2015Greetings and happy holidays!

Like most of the rest of the industry, and businesses in general, we are writing to let you know that AdvantIDge will be celebrating Thanksgiving this year and giving our employees the opportunity to spend extra time with their families and loved ones this weekend. This means that we will be unavailable on Thursday and Friday of this week, November 26th and 27th. Due to our normal business hours not including Saturday and Sundays, we will not be resuming normal business hours until Monday, November 30th.

Please keep this in mind for your ID Badge printer supply needs as we move into the holidays, as orders are likely to take longer for delivery. We apologize for any inconvenience.

With that being said we do hope you have a happy and safe Thanksgiving that starts off a wonderful holiday season. We look forward to help you with all of your badge printing and access control needs starting right back up Monday morning.