Zero is HUGE!!!!

Posted by Grant Mongardi on Wed, Nov 11, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Tags: Security, AD, IT, cloud security

Zero Sign-On for Zero hassles. Simple solution to everyday frustration.

Wait? What did I just say?
Yes, it sounds like I've gone completely crazy, but the kind of zero I'm talking about is huge. For everyone!

I'm talking about Zero Sign-On. You might be saying "I've heard of Single Sign-On (SSO) Grant, but what the heck is Zero Sign-On?". Zero Sign-On is the idea that if you can identify the device being used to connect then you can assume that device belongs to and is controlled by someone you know, and as such can let them connect without actually having to type a password. It's physical security, much like a door key or pass-card is. If I know that your mobile phone or tablet is owned and controlled by you, then I should have no problem using that device as the unique identifier indicating that you are the one trying to connect. Better yet, if I know the device is controlled by both you and me, I can be very comfortable in asserting to anyone that I can control access of both the device and the end-user.

"So Grant, how does all of this work?". In short, by uniquely identifying and then "tagging" that device, be it a phone, tablet or even a netbook, then you can use that as a pass-key to getting into protected resources without having to type a password. The device uniquely identifies you as you, rather than a user/password combination. Not only can it not be "hacked" without the actual device, but it can't be easily "shared" like a user/password can.

"Yeah Grant, but what if someone steals it?". Well, with a proper service like Centrify's IaaS Cloud service for this then all of that should be taken care of. Centrify's offering lets the user register their own devices under their user account. In addition to using it for Zero Sign-On and changing forgotten passwords, it also lets them find the device on a map, lock it remotely, wipe it remotely, and even see what the battery charge level is. But more importantly it lets you, the IT or Security Administrator do important things like apply group policy to the device (like encrypting storage, screen-lock time, passcode length/complexity, etc), unenroll the device and disable Zero Sign-On, and lock or wipe the device.

Centrify Cloud lets you find your lost device, lock it, and even wipe it!

Finally, it let's you see and report on the device's activity and even see if it's been jail-broken and is being backed-up to the Cloud!

"So what about the user's laptop?". Well, if that user has a laptop capable of IWA then the user can use that for Single Sign-On, allowing them to access their services without typing their password again. Centrify DirectControl for Macs will enable IWA on Apple Macs and it's built into Windows, so they just login to the laptop and they're done.

So a few of the best "Zero"s are: Zero support, Zero audit findings, and Zero shared credentials. And that all translates into infinitely better security and tighter controls over your valuable corporate resources.

For more information on Centrify Identity Service or other great products from Centrify just contact us at and we'll be happy to give you a full demo. We'll also be having a Webinar on Elegant 6 SAML and Centrify's Cloud service on November 19th, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST. Register here to join us for an hour!


Password Performance That Isn’t A Compromise

Posted by Grant Mongardi on Wed, Nov 04, 2015 @ 09:12 AM

Tags: Security, AD, cloud security, Password, SSO

So the question often arises of how can I have a secure password that I can remember and that meets the criteria of my policy? It comes up all of the time. Most systems place criteria on setting a new password to something like this:

  • must be at least 8 characters
  • must contain uppercase & lowercase characters
  • must contain a number
  • must contain a symbol

and often:

  • cannot contain the username
  • cannot contain consecutive duplicate character

Although there is some dissention as to whether or not all of these criteria are necessary, it certainly does help. It means you can't only have your dog's name or your daughter's birthdate as your password. But most people have a problem even creating passwords that meet the criteria, never mind remembering them.

I suggest thinking of the password differently. If you think of your password as a "pass-phrase" rather than a single word then you are much more likely to both remember it and to create one that is very secure. First you can think of a subject that you're connected with. For example let's say that you're a huge fan of computer games. Perhaps you might create a password like this:

It's a-me, Mari0! 


It's super effect1ve!

So those certainly meets our criteria, assuming your name isn't Mario. And hopefully you can remember it. What if you're a SciFi movie buff? How about these:

Han sh0t first.

I'll b3 back.

We're all standing n0w!

I'm afra1d, Dave.

I'm my 0wn best friend!

In any case, the idea is that you create passwords based upon a phrase that you can remember. You should utilize punctuation just as you would because that helps meet the requirement of special characters. And finally you replace a part or a character with a number or symbol until you've met the criteria required.  

Mind you, this isn't the perfect solution but it meets the criteria and is far more secure than an 8-character password that you can never remember (and then can't reuse). Using a password like this for 60 days far exceeds the security of a random string of 8 characters. A desktop PC utilizing a couple of GPUs can crack 3750 8-character passwords in the about the same time it takes to crack a single 10-character password. Add more characters and those numbers get even better. Most of the passwords above would take years to crack, if not decades.

Contact The Experts <> for options to ensure better security with less work and better compliance across all of your services & websites! Single Sign-On and ZERO Sign-On for all of your corporate web services!

BREAKING NEWS: Video content storage is scalable

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 11:04 AM


Moving pictures were once called such for all the wonderful and obvious reasons...they were actually moving! While not called “moving” anymore, video content is still actively growing and growing (and growing) at exponential rates!

Think of the world around you...the long-form feature films, timely news broadcasts, ad spots, and short clips on social media...we as a society are literally overflowing with access to any kind of footage we desire...and, so is our storage!

Understanding the need for “scalability” is one of our driving forces at NAPC. That’s why we take a modular approach; from storage, to file systems, to project management. We chose Scale Logic video solutions because it’s easy to use, easy to maintain, and extremely stable. With the bottom line, of course, founded on delivering ROI.

No matter what your application, or how your editors are using our tools, this strong media asset management system can be applied to handle the video content workflow of any project.

Scale Logic Use Case:

An ad agency creates a new spot for a large retailer, which airs nationally during a large sporting event. Footage arrives from the shoot and quickly becomes an asset/project that is created on the storage, running the file system. The footage is also automatically archived on tape or other device for backup, if needed.

NAPC’s experience with end-to-end video production and agency workflows goes back decades. Maintaining, enhancing, and protecting your valuable content, as it grows, is how we’ll help you evolve into the future. 

Crank up your video content storage capabilities GET THE POWER OF SCALABILITY HERE

Awesomeness, reborn. Elegant 6 for Xinet is out!

Posted by Rob Pelmas on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 @ 05:48 PM

Tags: Elegant, DAM, Xinet Training

I’m incredibly excited to report the release of Elegant 6. It’s been a long, strange trip from it’s origin over 10 years ago as ‘Green’ - a simple, intuitive DAM interface for casual users.

Many of you have seen previews from the last couple webinars we’ve held, and some of you have been Beta testers (huge props to the Beta team!). For the rest of you, here’s what you can expect:

Performance- It’s fast. Really fast. Our Engineering, Performance and Metrics team have said it’s waaaay faster than Elegant 5, Exhibit, or anything else Xinet out there. That’s a technical term, of course.

Ease of use- we stripped out as many doodads as possible, removing buttons and confusing options for the user all over the place. Everything you see on the screen that is text is customizable, so you can make the buttons say what YOU want. Makes internationalization a breeze too.

Mobile friendly- Out of box we’re multitouch compliant. Pinch and spread away, the interface will zoom in and out, just as you’d expect. Sweet for quick reviews from the road.

Ease of use also translates into more feedback. We’re providing feedback all the time- from adding files to baskets, to browsing into empty folders, you always know what’s going on. And the new interface for uploading files is “light years ahead” (another technical term) of the current. No more users cancelling big uploads, or closing windows before their time.

Send supermail from the finder! Yep, a user can be browsing from the mac desktop, highlight some files, and send links to them without having to go to portal and repeat the operations. “Amazingly useful” is the least flattering comment we’ve gotten on this one.

12000% improvement in file management. OK, that’s an approximation. But real, robust file management through Elegant’s web interface is here. And it’s awesome.

Easy color theming- using online tools like Painstrap, it’s simple to create a color scheme to die for, and then slide it into Elegant 6. See previews of the new look  in the interface as you are applying and fine tuning. We got more than a little applause from the community for this one.

There’s dozens and dozens more, of course. Since we started from scratch it’s built with modern tools, making support a breeze. There’s a self updater, so you can see what’s new in the latest and upgrade yourself to get the latest feature set. We also built it so anyone with CSS skills can change the look and feel without having to pore over a Portal manual, and climb the steep learning curve of legacy software.

We’ll be in touch over the coming days and weeks, working with you on getting you into the future right now. Feel free to drop a line to with “Elegant 6 install” in the subject, and we’ll move you up the list (you deserve it for getting this far in a blog post!).

Here’s some common questions:

Any downtime for the install?

No, ‘course not.

Do all my users need to switch over right away?

Nope. Elegant 6 and Elegant 5 live next to each other.  E6 doesn’t even need portal to run, believe it or not. It’s that different!

Will my Elegant plugins/ custom CSS/ custom javascript port over?

Sadly, no. Given the vast difference in the code base, these kinds of things need to be recreated from scratch. That being said, we’ve included in E6 a ton of the plugins we’ve built over the years.



Is there a video I can watch?

Yep- right here:




How much does this cost?


If you’re currently under support, Zilch. Zip. Nada. This is what support should go to- modernization and better code. We hate fixing bugs and retrofitting code too. So upgrade, and make your life better, already!

NAPC Launches Brandobility as New Division

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Tue, Jun 23, 2015 @ 11:51 AM

Tags: Brandobility


Over the last couple of weeks, you may have heard some rumblings about a new division at NAPC. Well, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce Brandobility

Brandobility was created very specifically to focus on our newest solution Bynder, a brand content management solution already helping big brands like Volkswagen, Goodyear, Elizabeth Arden, and Avis. Our goal with this division is to focus exclusively on branding as a VASP of Bynder and help brands own their content management and strategy.

At NAPC we can’t help but obsess over providing great solutions and amazing service. Adding Brandobility is just another way NAPC is growing as the vibrant company that supports you like no other.

Are you a brand, or know someone who loves one? Want more exciting details? Read the Brandobility blog!

IS THIS YOU? High-level Helen (or Harry)

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Wed, Jun 10, 2015 @ 12:00 PM

Tags: #IsThisYou


Helping marketing people (and their team) discover better and easier ways to get things done is what NAPC (and Brandobility) is all about. So, we crafted content to speak to each one of these people. We call it Persona Profiling and we think you're going to like it. Instead of picking English or Spanish, pick who you are and we'll do the translating!

Meet Our High-level Leaders

I’m smart enough to know what I don’t know, and what I don’t know is how to find the technology I need to keep all our ducks in a row.

Which ducks? There are so many, but right now it’s our content; all the moving parts that support brand management and brand strategy efforts for our multi-channel marketing. Managing multiple channels of marketing is especially tough because they are all built using different technologies.  

What I need is a one-stop shopping technology solution to simplify things and free my people up to focus on what really matters; the actual marketing itself...strategy, messaging, branding, positioning, etc.

My view on things is high level. My head is in the global brand strategy clouds. I can see what needs to be fixed, but between meetings, maintaining media relations, nurturing client relations, and fostering staff development, I just don’t have the time to do a deep dive for the answer. As it is, my inbox is FILLED with possible solutions to my problems, but filtering through them all to find the right one? It just isn’t going to happen.

I need guidance, so I can guide others. What websites do we refer to? Which of those options crowding my inbox ARE on point for our needs? What do we NOT need? What things can’t we live without?

Driving growth is what I do, and will always do for this company. But everyone needs a path to set their ducks off on, and I’m no exception.

If this is you, click here.

If this is NOT you, click here.

IS THIS YOU? Technical Troy

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 12:30 PM

Tags: #IsThisYou


Helping marketing people (and their team) discover better and easier ways to get things done is what NAPC is all about. So, we crafted content to speak to each one of these people. We call it Persona Profiling and we think you're going to like it. Instead of picking English or Spanish, pick who you are and we'll do the translating!

Meet Techincal Troy.

Not meeting my heart rate goals during my early morning workout “ritual” would really set me off on a bad course for the day. But not this day; I’ve actually exceeded thus far. Excellent. After a kale and avocado power smoothie, I’m not too sure there’s anything I can’t do. Except, maybe, make people less vague in their decisions...their work....their actions. I like precision.

Family still sleeping, I take the remainder of this peaceful time to check emails and mentally prepare myself for the day. I have a vendor coming in at 11:30 and he’d better not be late, because I’m back to back meetings before and after. Wonder what he could possibly tell me that I don’t already know about the options I have for a DAM system. Still, it’s the process one must get through before making critical decisions pertaining to a company’s support and security.

I set my pot of green tea to steep while I shower up for the day.

If this is you, click here.

If this is NOT you, click here.


IS THIS YOU? Marketing Marcie

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Tue, May 19, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

Tags: #IsThisYou


Helping marketing people (and their team) discover better and easier ways to get things done is what NAPC is all about. So, we crafted content to speak to each one of these people. We call it Persona Profiling and we think you're going to like it. Instead of picking English or Spanish, pick who you are and we'll do the translating!

Meet Marketing Marcie.

Do I mind spending $5.95 for a cup of coffee? No I do not because it is Friday, which means it is treat-myself-to-good-coffee day! (Yippee!) Of course the line takes forever, but it’s the (other) price I pay to swig from a cup that shows I could actually make it from a somebody on my team to the someone they all talk about.

So I take this time to scroll. I’m in marketing, so I know what marketers throw at you to get you to buy or do things. And I don’t fall for it. Not ever. (The irony here is crazy.) I tend to like to sift past the smarmy stuff because I want to hear what real people are really saying about our industry.

I want things that are new, but not “new,” like, “look what’s NEW!” new, but more like under the radar new (does that make sense?) I want it to be me who brings that to my boss first. I want the credit...there, I said it. I want to be the thought leader in my office herd.

Hang on...texting…

“yes, meet u @ that new place @ 12:45 sat. so excited to CU!!!”

If only finding the trends, and then figuring out which of them is right for my company, was as no-nonsense as planning my friend’s wedding! You book the place, the band, the caterer, the flowers, the cake. You order your dresses. Then you fill in the other details. Done. Follow the process, get desired results. Keep it real. Did I mention I seek authentic?

Hey look, my coffee’s ready!

If this is you, click here.

If this is NOT you, click here.


IS THIS YOU? Content Charlie

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Fri, May 15, 2015 @ 01:00 PM

Tags: #IsThisYou


Helping marketing people (and their team) discover better and easier ways to get things done is what NAPC is all about. So, we crafted content to speak to each one of these people. We call it Persona Profiling and we think you're going to like it. Instead of picking English or Spanish, pick who you are and we'll do the translating!

Meet Content Charlie.

Rolling in at the crack of mid-morning definitely gets me all those jabs I completely expect…”sleep in dude?” “glad you made it in, bro.” Don’t they know that I was here until 10:15 last night? No, of course not, because I’m usually the last man in the cubicles at that hour. What can you do? Chasing all those images and videos and getting them to the people who requested them takes time. Lots of time. Sure there’s a better way out there...but, ironically, I don’t have the time to explore them. (Can’t someone just be a mind reader and TELL me what I need?!

It would be nice, though, if I could make it to my desk and put down my bag (and maybe even grab a cup of coffee) before people start pulling at me. My team. They need me. And I, in turn, have got their backs; making myself crazy, and missing time at home just so their work is always flowing productively.

But if I see another sticky note on my computer help me...well, (who am I kidding) I’ll probably just add it to my list of to-do’s for the day.

If this is you, click here.

If this is NOT you, click here.

That DAM Conference

Posted by NAPC Marketing on Tue, May 05, 2015 @ 09:40 AM

Tags: Buying DAM Technology, DAM, brand asset management, NAPC blog, New York City, Henry Stewart, Convention, #DAMNY, #IsThisYou



It is time for Henry Stewart Events: DAM NY this week (May 7-8) in New York City. Henry Stewart DAM Conferences take place several times per year, in a number of major cities. Like it, or not New York City is however the capital of DAM. Follow all the updates with #DAMNY.

Hundreds of DAM professionals (#IsThisYou) will gather to discuss, review, connect and participate in case study presentations, collaborative work sessions and techlabs. The growth of the digital assets business sector has been phenomenal and the importance of storing, accessing, distributing, repurposing and monetizing those assets increases every day. This convention will deliver what it promises: the latest thinking on how to store, access, distribute, and monetize your digital assets, illustrated with learnings from multiple case studies.

With a great line up of speakers, and a full agenda over the course of two days, this is certain to be an important conference to attend. Several members of the NAPC team will be on hand, and keep a look out for teams from Bynder and DALIM SOFTWARE GmbH, both of whom will both be exhibiting. This is a treat for us, having two of our primary partners in one place. 

Attendees can expect a great deal of topics including:

  • "A look at how to build a DAM foundation that is not only effective for the creative needs of now, but one that will stand the test of time" with speaker, Theresa Regli, Managing Partner & Principal Analyst, Real Story Group.
  • Where is DAM Heading? A panel discussing content contextualization and brand management, on-premise vs. cloud hosted or SaaS, and who will be buying DAM? This panel will include among others representatives from 3M Company, Sterling Publishing and Hallmark.
  • Identifying the Needs. Satisfying the Wants. This panel will focus on where vendors are taking their products and the ways they seek to facilitate marketing innovation, as well as how the needs of global companies and their creative, branding and marketing teams are to be fully satisfied (#IsThisYou)

In preparation for Henry Stewart, here are some helpful tips for getting the most out of this or any conference. Enjoy the largest Digital Asset Management Conference of 2015 and keep an eye on the NAPC Twitter and Facebook feeds for updates, and save the hashtag #DAMNY to follow the convention.

Not attending? You can always keep up with news, the state of the DAM industry, branding content and digital asset management tips and tricks, and much more by subscribing to the NAPC Blog.

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Certain content from within the post comes from original sources including HubSpotHenrik de Gyor and The Henry Stewart Conferences.