NIS2 Compliance: Empowering Your Cybersecurity

Posted by Aditya Taneja on Thu, Mar 07, 2024


The introduction of the Network and Information Security Directive 2 (NIS2) marks a significant step forward in the European Union's efforts to strengthen cybersecurity across a broader range of sectors and organizations. With a compliance deadline set for October 17, 2024, NIS2 extends the foundational cybersecurity risk management measures and reporting obligations established by its predecessor, aiming to mitigate cyber threats and enhance the overall cybersecurity posture within the EU. This directive introduces more rigorous accountability through enhanced reporting obligations and increased sanctions, positioning NIS2 as a critical milestone for organizations committed to maintaining a robust cybersecurity framework.

For enterprises, understanding NIS2's granular impact on daily operations is crucial for strategic planning and compliance. As a leader in the cybersecurity and identity management space, EmpowerID is uniquely positioned to guide and support organizations navigating the complexities of NIS2 compliance. This article delves into the specific changes brought about by NIS2 and how you can facilitate your organization's journey toward compliance and beyond. For business executives, download our NIS2 compliance checklist designed to offer strategic insights into the roles of personnel, planning processes, and collaborative partnerships essential for devising robust NIS2 compliance strategies.

A Closer Look at NIS2

NIS2, the successor to the original Network and Information Systems Directive, aims to fortify the cybersecurity framework across the EU. It introduces stringent requirements for a broader spectrum of sectors, demanding enhanced resilience against cyber-attacks. The directive's reach now extends to digital platforms, cloud computing services, and an expanded array of essential and important entities, signaling a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity.

One of the pivotal changes under NIS2 is the extension of its regulatory scope. Previously focused on critical sectors like energy, transport, and finance, NIS2 now encompasses a wider array of digital services, including social networks and data processing services. This broadened scope means that more enterprises will find themselves under the directive's purview, necessitating a reevaluation of their cybersecurity posture.


NIS2: A New Paradigm in Cybersecurity Regulation

NIS2 introduces several key enhancements designed to fortify the cybersecurity landscape for entities within the EU:

  • Broader Sectoral Coverage: Expanding beyond the original directive, NIS2 includes additional sectors and digital services, broadening its applicability and ensuring that a wide array of organizations are covered under its protective umbrella.
  • Advanced Cybersecurity Mandates: Organizations are now required to implement comprehensive risk assessments, multifactor authentication, secure protocols for sensitive data access, and robust supply chain security measures. Incident management and business continuity planning are also emphasized, representing a significant advancement from prior directives.
  • Streamlined Incident Reporting: The directive mandates a more efficient and effective reporting mechanism for cybersecurity incidents, enhancing communication with national authorities.
  • Stricter Penalties for Non-compliance: Reflecting the directive's commitment to cybersecurity, NIS2 establishes severe repercussions for non-compliance, including substantial fines and legal liabilities for organizational management

Strategic Implications for Daily Operations

For enterprise leaders, NIS2 introduces several strategic considerations that will influence day-to-day operations:

  1. Cybersecurity as a Continuous Process

The directive necessitates a shift towards continuous risk management and adaptation of cybersecurity measures. Enterprises must regularly update their risk assessments and security practices in response to evolving threats, integrating cybersecurity into the operational DNA of the organization.

  1. Enhanced Collaboration and Information Sharing

NIS2 encourages greater collaboration and information sharing among enterprises and between enterprises and national authorities. This requires establishing communication channels and protocols for sharing threat intelligence, which can enhance collective cybersecurity resilience but also demands careful handling of sensitive information.

  1. Operationalizing Compliance

Compliance with NIS2 is not a one-time effort but a continuous obligation. Enterprises must operationalize their compliance efforts, embedding them into daily workflows. This includes ongoing monitoring of cybersecurity practices, regular training for staff, and periodic audits to ensure adherence to the directive's requirements.

  1. Strategic Vendor Management

With the directive's focus on supply chain security, enterprises must scrutinize their vendors and partners more closely. This involves conducting cybersecurity assessments of third parties, renegotiating contracts to include cybersecurity clauses, and possibly reconfiguring supply chains to mitigate risks.

  1. Financial Planning and Resource Allocation

The financial implications of NIS2 compliance are significant. Enterprises must allocate resources not only for the initial implementation of required cybersecurity measures but also for their ongoing maintenance and the potential costs associated with incident response and recovery. Additionally, the risk of substantial fines for non-compliance necessitates a strategic approach to financial planning and risk management.

Preparing for NIS2 with EmpowerID

As the deadline for NIS2 compliance approaches, EmpowerID is ready to assist organizations in preparing for and achieving compliance. Our guiding principles for NIS2 readiness emphasize proactive defense, strategic planning, and the importance of leveraging the right partners and solutions. It's also important to consider how the principles of Zero Trust, a fundamental aspect of EmpowerID’s approach to security, naturally align with the objectives of NIS2 to bolster your organization’s defenses against evolving cyber threats.

EmpowerID's comprehensive suite of identity management and cybersecurity solutions offers a path to not just compliance but enhanced security and operational efficiency. By choosing EmpowerID, organizations can navigate the complexities of NIS2 with confidence, ensuring a secure, compliant, and resilient cybersecurity framework.

Don’t forget to grab your free copy of the NIS2 compliance checklist to make your compliance journey easier with our strategic insights.

Tags: Governance and Regulatory Compliance, GDPR, dataprivacy

EmpowerID Inserts Intelligence into 2013 SharePoint People Picker

Posted by Chris Hayes on Wed, Jun 24, 2015


The SharePoint 2013 People Picker is the tool you use to find and select users, groups and claims to grant someone a permission to a site in SharePoint.  The SharePoint 2013 People Picker is heavily dependent on how authentication is configured for your site so you need to ensure your SAML or claim provider is intelligent.

Don't let this happen to you

All claim providers created equally!

Today the most common issue SharePoint administrators find with an authentication claim provider is that any name you type in the People Picker, SharePoint will accept.  Even worse, with a typical claims provider you can type nonsense and you will see two results, neither of them valid!

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This is not because the SharePoint People Picker needs to be fixed, it's working as designed, it is a result of the claim provider.

The EmpowerID SharePoint Manager solves this problem, we have created the most intelligent claim provider in the market today.  In doing so we set out to do 4 things which will have a huge impact on the day to day operations of your SharePoint site.

1. Create the most intelligent claim provider in the world.  We didn't stop at providing intelligent responses to the query, we also segregate the data so that delegated administrators can only view results for data that they can see.  This is a very important point, if a business partner administrator wants to grant someone rights to a site the EmpowerID data filtering and masking is still maintained.

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2. Provide SharePoint "web parts".  This is technology that allows users to find new sites and request access to it.  It also allows site administrators to approve site access, all directly within SharePoint.Screen Shot 06 24 15 at 10.09 AM
3. Fully support federated or claims based authentication into SharePoint.  Users can authenticate with EmpowerID, bring their own social identity or use another.

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4. Answer the "Why" question.  Why does someone have access and when was it granted?  The other side a SharePoint claim provider is tracking these finer details.  EmpowerID includes full certification and attestation for SharePoint access, this provides your enterprise with a host of risk controls not previously available.

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Tags: Single Sign-on (SSO), authentication, Governance and Regulatory Compliance, Federation, User provisioning, Data Governance, Attestation, consumers, SAML, SharePoint, Access Governance, SSO

EmpowerID Named Overall Leader in IAM / IAG Suites

Posted by Patrick Parker on Thu, Feb 05, 2015

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EmpowerID has been recognized as a three time leader in a recent KuppingerCole report evaluating Identity and Access Management (IAM) / Identity Access Governance (IAG) Product Suites.

The IAM/IAG Leadership Compass “focuses on complete IAM/IAG (Identity Access Management/Governance) suites that ideally cover all major areas of IAM/IAG as a fully integrated offering,” Martin Kuppinger wrote in the report.

KuppingerCole, a respected global analyst focused on Information Security, examined Identity and Access Management / Governance Suites for this report. They specifically evaluated products that are integrated solutions with a broader scope than single-purpose products. Martin Kuppinger concluded in the report, “With their Windows-based product they [EmpowerID] offer one of the best integrated IAM Suites. All components have been built by EmpowerID, allowing for tight integration into a well thought-out architecture. This integrated approach is a clear strength of EmpowerID."

To request an unabridged copy of the the KuppingerCole report on IAM/IAG Suites, please visit

Tags: Role Based Access Control (RBAC), GRC, authentication, IAG, IAM, Group Management, Governance and Regulatory Compliance, Identity Management, Federation, User provisioning, Attestation, Separation of Duties, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Access Governance

Innovation and Productivity Gains From Identity and Access Management

Posted by Bradford Mandell on Tue, Jul 15, 2014

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Security for identities.  Managing user access to applications.  Auditing user access.

“Ugh”, you might think, “That sounds like more cost, more time, and more responsibility for IT”.

But a platform approach to Identity and Access Management (IAM) that is rich in innovation can result in lower costs, better productivity, and reduced demands for IT resources, while providing managers with better and more timely information.

Take for example a home healthcare provider with $2 billion in revenue and 40,000 employees in 40 states facing constant pressure to reduce costs as a result of declining government reimbursements for their services.  This organization had already used their considerable size advantage to create efficiencies and reduce costs wherever possible.  Then their Chief Security Officer (CSO) conducted a review of IAM technology and presented his management with a plan that would improve the productivity of their employees, reduce the workload on IT, improve the security for patient data and assist their organization in continuing to be a leader in the quality of patient services.

Built from a series of acquisitions in an industry that experiences high turnover, this organization lacked an efficient process for provisioning home healthcare workers into the many web applications they need to perform their work.  The process began with HR creating a manual request for IT to provision a new user into the apps they require, and once this was completed, the new user had to register themselves and create a password in each application. This process was complex and required too much effort for the home healthcare employees to learn and to maintain.

The CSO’s experience with several of the oldest and most installed IAM platforms made him wary of starting a new project with one of them because of their high licensing costs and the difficulty in customizing them to meet an enterprise’s specific needs.  He wanted a solution that would be easier to implement and easier to mantain.

After evaluating multiple products, he chose the EmpowerID platform for its different and innovative approach to Identity and Access Management.  Built on a single codebase with a workflow core and shipping with hundreds of ready to deploy workflows, the CSO was impressed with EmpowerID's broad functionality and its ability to easily design and to automate complex IAM processes with its visual Workflow Designer. 

The CSO determined during a software trial that EmpowerID’s powerful Role-Based Access Control (RBAC) engine could create effective roles based on both an employee’s place in the organizational hierarchy and their location, and it could scale easily for the size of their staff. EmpowerID proved itself to be flexible in also offering Attribute-Based Access Control (ABAC) for their scenarios where the use of contextual policies to govern access is more appropriate. 

He also discovered that EmpowerID’s integrated Single Sign-On (SSO) module federates not only with more recent web applications that natively support SAML authentication, but also with legacy applications that lack SAML capabilities.  Thus he could accommodate all of his user scenarios end to end, from provisioning to access, using EmpowerID, rather than having to integrate two or more applications. 

The CSO concluded that EmpowerID’s “all in one” approach could create the solution they needed in a shorter timeframe with fewer professional services and less risk to their project timeline and budget. The ability to show his management faster ROI helped him to obtain funding for the project. 

EmpowerID’s User, Group and SSO Manager modules were then deployed to provision and to manage federated identity for the application portal, allowing new users to be added within hours, instead of days, and enabling the use of one login by a healthcare provider to access all of their applications. 

New user onboarding was further simplified by creating a feed from the organization’s PeopleSoft HR application to EmpowerID, which in turn creates all the user accounts and access privileges in the applications they need, based on their business role. New users require less training and are ready to go to work as soon as they claim their identity upon first logging into the application portal.

The home healthcare staff appreciate EmpowerID's friendly HTML5 user interfaces that adapt to the screen size of any device they use, whether a tablet or a smartphone, and the reduction in effort to get to their clinical applications, while patients are pleased that less time is consumed by administrative tasks during their scheduled visits. 

EmpowerID’s multi-factor authentication capability (using an OATH token and SMS one time password) was implemented to strengthen system access security and to better protect the privacy of patient data, which is important in meeting regulatory and audit requirements.

EmpowerID also assists the organization’s auditors with data governance – the discipline of ensuring that access to corporate and patient data is secure and is subject to the proper controls. EmpowerID not only improves the quality of data, is also supports configurable Separation of Duties (SOD) policies, attestation procedures and system dashboards for quick visibility of pending tasks and system statistics. EmpowerID provides dozens of reports out of the box and it supports Microsoft’s SQL Reporting Services to quickly provide the information that different users need.

As a result of successfully automating their new user provisioning process and providing a seamless single-sign on experience for its home healthcare staff, this organization is realizing substantial productivity savings that will pay for EmpowerID in a period of just eighteen to twenty-four months. 

The CSO’s vision for a single, flexible platform that could be implemented on-time and within budget to automate and to securely manage multiple aspects of the enterprise, creating new efficiencies and cost-savings, has been fully realized with EmpowerID's deployment.

Ranked by KuppingerCole as a Product Leader, Innovation Leader and Overall Leader in their recent Leadership Compass for Identity Provisioning, EmpowerID helps diverse organizations across the globe improve identity security and access governance, increase productivity, lower costs, and improve service delivery through its innovative and cost-effective approach to IAM. 


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Tags: Single Sign-on (SSO), Active Directory, GRC, Group Management, Governance and Regulatory Compliance, Identity Management, User provisioning, Data Governance, Attestation, Separation of Duties, Password management, Identity and Access Management (IAM), Access Governance