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Ready to secure your identity? 

The role that data and identity security have taken over the past few years has been escalated due to the increased complexity of device and identity threats, forcing companies to evaluate and monetize risk. Firewalls and sophisticated Anti-Virus services helped in determining the best course of action for identifying and remediating threats, and once remediated and policies were put in place, businesses usually never needed to worry about them again. Attacks to vulnerabilities within your network will continue to threaten an organization, but the most serious threat that plagues us is those that attack end user behavior and personal vulnerabilities. Total Cloud IT has dedicated itself to building a platform that identifies the risks to an organization, builds or supports the policies that determine user access to resources and maintains a process to proactively protect against those threats. 

We cannot accurately predict cybersecurity threats since defensive technologies evolve in direct correlation to the pace of threat identification and remediation. What is known is that the threat landscape has widened to include user identities, user behavior monitoring and attacks, and IoT sprawl. Personal devices (i.e.: cell phones) accessing corporate and personal data have created a threat profile never before imagined. 

Since network perimeters have become increasingly porous and that perimeter defense cannot be as effective as they once were prior to the explosion of BYOD devices and cloud applicationsTotal Cloud IT recommends the following best practices: 

Treat Identity as the Primary Security Perimeter 

Centralize identity management 

  • Use Azure AD to synchronize you on-prem and cloud identities 

Enable Single Sign On (SSO) 

  • Users don’t have to remember multiple user names and passwords and access to company resources and applications are determined by the group they belong to and their status as an employee 

Turn on conditional access 

  • Manage and control access to company resources based on groups, location and sensitivity of the application 

Enable password management 

  • Empower users by setting up self-service password resets and monitor how it is being used 
  • Additionally, password complexity should be at least 16 characters with a goal to move to passphrases that only the user would know 

Enforce Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) 

  • Set up a two-step verification process that ties the ability to access a company resource to an approval a user receives through, for example, an app on their phone (Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator)  
  • Without MFA turned on, users are more susceptible to threats that lead to data compromises 

Actively monitor for suspicious activities 

  • Engage with a service provider or have an active monitoring system that notifies you of risks and can adjust risk levels (high, medium, or low) to your business requirements 

For a specific Total Cloud IT policy encompassing protection for your employees or assetsor if you would like to learn more about our security, compliance or data governance services, please reach out to me and I can coordinate the appropriate resource for your interest. 



George Phipps, 

President | COO