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Wednesday 13th February 2019
by John Ryan

John Ryan

6 steps to protect your organisations’ passwords

Data reported by Symantec CloudSOC in ETCIO.com found that enterprises on average use up to 1,000 cloud apps. However, most CIOs think their organisations only use around 30 or 40 cloud apps. In fact, the average number of apps adopted by enterprises is 928 leaving an awful lot untracked by CIOs.

Furthermore, the growth of the mobile workforce has changed how organisations must secure access to applications and data. Employees are accessing applications from home offices, coffee shops and hotels as well as from mobile devices. They need the flexibility to connect from anywhere and so IT and security professionals must adapt to secure access from these unknown networks and devices and to minimise the danger from new threats.

We need to deploy ever more complex defence and monitoring solutions in order to minimise risk. But let’s get the basic housekeeping in order first.  If you have not done so already, here are …

6 steps to protect your organisations’ passwords

  1. Invest in an Identity and Access Management solution for your organisation
  2. Provide single sign-on capabilities for all cloud applications
  3. Deploy and enforce strict password management policies
  4. Make it easy for your users to effectively manage their own passwords
  5. Use 2 factor authentication (2FA)
  6. Ensure you are running an effective and efficient vulnerability and patch management operation.

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Some interesting facts about passwords

Security Magazine found that the average business user has 191 passwords. That’s an awful lot of passwords to manage on a continuous basis. Here are some interesting facts:

  1. Password reset requests make up 10% – 30% of all IT helpdesk calls
  2. More than 90% of user-generated passwords will be vulnerable to hacking
  3. 81% of confirmed data breaches are due to passwords
  4. The average 250-employee company has 47,750 passwords in use
  5. The most common password in 2018 which also won the 2017 title was 123456. Guess what was second … Yep, password (not even an uppercase P!).

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Don’t know where to start? Talk to us and we’ll guide you.

 

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