Hackers have become the biggest threat to the IT industry. Even password-protected documents are not safe anymore, and in fact, it’s getting worse. It is crucial to spread awareness among the employees not to commit the most common password mistakes and to keep it secure.
In this article at Risk Management Magazine, Csaba Krasznay suggests ways to deal with the unfortunate risks of password hacking and keeping the organization data safe with password protection.
This may sound contradictory, but the right approach to use password protection may resolve hacking issues quickly. Incorporate the following considerations into employee education and policies to protect your confidential data and professional documents:
- Bigger the Better: The longer the password would be, the harder it is to crack. However, using a string of random words helps in forming a secure password, even though it is difficult to memorize. The regulators and standards organizations like the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) promotes the use of such passwords and encourage security administrators to allow at least 64 characters for account passwords.
- Special Characters: Using upper and lower-case alphabets, along with numbers and symbols, is a good practice. Users may capitalize the first letter of the password and add a symbol or number towards the end.
- Password Churn: Periodic change in password or simple modifications to an existing password is another way of maintaining its secrecy.
- Simple is the New Difficult: Playing around the most accessible words like a pen or paper is difficult to hack, still not foolproof. So, use your website name, login, and a clue that will jog your memory, as an alternative of composing your own password.
Click on the following link to read the original article: http://www.rmmagazine.com/2018/06/01/fixing-the-problems-with-passwords/