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Are you ready for GDPR?

Businesses must get ready for the incoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will aim to return control over personal data to citizens and unify the European Union within the same regulatory environment. Replacing the Data Protection Act, GDPR is going to mean your organisation will have to change the way it handles personal information, or face… Read more…

Meeting the demand for improved cyber security

Our cyber security journey started with strong identity and access management foundations. The world is changing, driven by the economics of cloud, the productivity of new collaboration technologies, and with the menace of cyber crime encroaching on our personal and working lives. As an organisation, we’ve had to evolve to meet the latest demands of… Read more…

OCG employees raise over £3,000 for two South Wales charities

It was a beautiful day in South Wales. The sun was shining, and there was hardly a cloud in the sky. Ten intrepid OCG employees set off on a fifteen-mile trek, accompanied by “Fraser Bear”, the mascot of one of OCG’s chosen charities, Believe. The trek would take in two of South Wales’ highest peaks,… Read more…

New Microsoft Azure AD B2B Features Now in Preview

Microsoft recently announced new features for its Azure AD B2B Collaboration service. As explained in my earlier blog post, ‘How to Manage Partner Identities Better With Azure AD B2B’, this service offers a secure and hassle-free way of authenticating your partner identities so that they can collaborate with you. Authentication is based on corporate identities being… Read more…

Why linking HR and IT is crucial to identity management

When it comes to provisioning and deprovisioning user accounts, IT departments often don’t know who’s who in the organisation, or who should have access to what. They rely on being fed data by human resources (HR), the custodians of employee data. But how is this managed? How can users be managed in different environments based… Read more…

4 Ways to improve customer engagement in retail – without using an emoji

Perhaps the only thing more bewildering for retailers than the unsympathetic pace of digital disruption is the advent of the term ‘customer engagement’. Isn’t that what your marketing department refer to when they insist that half a week of posting emojis on Twitter is vital for business?   CUSTOMERS EXPECT A SEAMLESS EXPERIENCE A recent… Read more…

How to manage partner identities better with Azure AD B2B

It’s one thing having to manage the identities of users in your organisation’s directory; how tricky must it be to add users from your partners into the mix? The task is perhaps not as great as you’d expect, thanks to Azure AD B2B. Working out the best way to interact with partners, particularly where large numbers… Read more…

Identity: the new security perimeter?

Headlines and industry publications are full of dire warnings about the latest phishing scam or malevolent machinations by cybercriminals. So naturally CISOs focus on their network perimeter in an effort to prevent such exploits. And often they fail. Why? Because no one can control criminal exploits. And with the advent of enterprise mobility and the… Read more…

How does Advanced Threat Protection secure email in Office 365?

Because email is so critical to day-to-day business, it’s become a prime target for cyber attackers looking to gain access to your organisation. With increasingly sophisticated malware campaigns being launched daily and data breaches constantly on the rise, how can you be sure your email environment isn’t exposed? With Advanced Threat Protection for Office 365,… Read more…

Get top marks for student experience with CIAM

With application rates dropping and competition rife, getting top marks in the student experience league table is now the Holy Grail for the education sector. But with the ever-evolving student life cycle now stretching from pre-application to far beyond graduation, it’s imperative that a university’s customer identity and access management (CIAM) solution can facilitate these… Read more…