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New authentication provides stronger security and simplified user access

February 7th, 2018

New authentication provides stronger security and simplified user access

In the world of cloud-based software, authentication is the process in which the credentials provided by a user are compared to a database of authorized users. If the credentials match, the user is granted access. Simply put, it ensures that information is secure but accessible.

Of course, balancing security and accessibility can be challenging for organizations of any size. Complex password requirements (more than 8 characters, a capital letter, a special character, and a number) can improve security but frustrate users. Conversely, allowing simple passwords (like ‘pass’ or ‘1234’) makes remembering passwords simple but exposes greater risk for organizations who need to protect important and sensitive data.

Dakota is pleased to announce that the upcoming release of ProActivity features new password authentication protocols that align with the the US National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) Digital Identity Guidelines. What does this mean for ProActivity users?

  • Stronger Security - While the new protocols do require a minimum character limit, rather than subjecting users to other password composition rules, passwords are compared against a “blacklist” of common or recently compromised passwords. Stronger passwords equals safer data.

  • Simplified Single Sign-on (SSO) integrations - SSO has become popular because it allows users to gain access to connected systems using a single usernames or passwords. SSO integrations will now be easier to configure and will support access from both desktop and mobile devices.

  • Simplified User Management - Moving forward, all Dakota ProActivity users will be managed from one central location. This includes management of user Profiles, Personalities, and Form Groups across the product suite.

  • Future integration of connected apps - Dakota’s product roadmap includes an open architecture that takes advantage of an Application Programming Interface (API) layer. Dakota APIs will provide flexibility for integrating with other software applications and native mobile applications.

No action is necessary by Dakota Administrators. After the update, users will be notified of the new password requirements and prompted to update their password when logging in. For clients who are currently taking advantage of SSO, your dedicated Dakota Account Manager will walk you through any special steps you need to take.

If you have any questions about the new User Authentication Protocols please contact us at

Robert Kimball

Robert Kimball

Director of Marketing

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