Password security, though sometimes underrated, is crucial for an organization to remain viable in the vast digital landscape.
A popular quote on the internet says, “A good neighbor is someone who does not put a password on their Wi-Fi.” However, for a good company, the opposite holds true, as they must thoroughly secure all their resources.
Speaking of security, an organization’s password security chain is often compromised by its own users. Many select easily guessable passwords, reuse passwords for different accounts, keep passwords in openly visible locations, or use the same password for long periods of time. These poor password practices make passwords prone to compromise through phishing or brute-force attacks, leading to security risks for both individuals and organizations. A survey conducted by GoodFirms attests to this stating that 30% of IT professionals encountered a data breach due to a weak password.
This World Password Day, let’s recognize the importance of password security and explore ways to foster strong passwords in your organization. Check out our infographic providing guidelines for password security best practices.
Do you want to know how well-educated your users are about password security? Take this password security quiz to find out.
Are passwords going to be part of security in the future?
Despite significant investments made in password security measures, passwords alone cannot withstand the complex attacks carried out by today’s cybercriminals. In the past, a basic password was sufficient to protect resources, as it was not exposed to modern-day attacks such as brute-force, dictionary, and social engineering attacks. However, due to the evolution of these attacks, password security measures must also evolve to meet the changing cybersecurity infrastructure.
Using multi-factor authentication (MFA) methods on top of passwords effectively bridges the security gap caused by passwords. With the right authentication methods in place, even a password compromise will have no negative impact on security, because the remaining MFA methods will halt any kind of password-related attack. This essentially means that passwords can be conveniently and safely removed from the security formula, thereby saving users the trouble of remembering them.
“Agencies are encouraged to pursue greater use of passwordless multi-factor authentication as they modernize their authentication systems.” —M-22-09 Federal Zero Trust Strategy
How prepared are you to face the imminent global passwordless authentication revolution? Register for this live webinar today for tips on how to get ready for a password-free world.
Passwordless and adaptive MFA with ADSelfService Plus
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