The purpose of a password is to protect sensitive data from unauthorised access.
For a long time, to keep up this protective layer, we have advocated that employees create ever more complex passwords and change them even more often.
This is now wrong ! What’s the point of a password system if it makes employees lives even more complex and it doesn’t even properly provide protection any more? Most current password practices were designed for a different age and are no longer fit for purpose. One enormous lesson that the COVID pandemic has taught us, is that the work environment is now totally different :
However, Human Nature is unchanged:
The more rules and complexities and changes you introduce , the more people will try to find an easy way around them.
The new Best Practice Password System:
If you do this, then:
Even better, with the right computer equipment, you can now even get rid of passwords all together when using a trusted device. Your employees will really appreciate the difference and your security will now actually work !
If you need help , feel free to give us a call; we’re happy to lend our expertise to your organisation.
Are your Business Passwords Already Up for Sale?
Over the past 12 months, I have personally spoken with over 100 Australian business owners, and found that a whopping 42% have had at least 1 Ransomware Attack or Data Breach.
I am sure you’d agree – that is just shocking. Stop tolerating….
How is this happening?
Employees, left to their own devices, don’t know how to manage passwords. This results in them being easily hacked, sold on the dark web and leaving your business as an easy target for ransomware / data breaches.
Another independent survey* showed:
Note : Criminals read the same surveys
Once a username and password is known it is extremely valuable and likely to be useful for some time…
But what if the breach has already happened?
How would you know? What user accounts and passwords are already compromised?
Sensible Business Solutions today launches a brand new Dark Web Search service that continuously monitors the dark web for user names and passwords that are currently offered for sale and how the breach occurred.
Call Me : Kevin Spanner at Sensible to find out more on 1300-SENSIBLE (736-742)
* Survey By Keeper Security
*Not familiar with the term “Dark Web”?
There is a large portion of the internet that is not indexed by search engines like Google. This is the “Deep Web.”
The US Government created this more secure (and usually encrypted) area of the Internet. It quickly became a preferred communication channel for privacy-conscious individuals, organisations and governments to share data, without detection.
However, criminal organisations now use the deep web as a platform. The term “Dark Web” describes the pockets of the deep web that are used to buy, trade and exploit illegal items (AKA Silk Road, etc.) and illegally acquired data (credit cards, passwords, etc.).