May 6 is World Password Day and to mark the occasion, we want to bring awareness to the topic and present 10 surprising facts about password usage.
It might seem like everyone knows enough about bad passwords that we don’t need to observe World Password Day anymore, but that isn’t the case. Bad, weak, or compromised passwords are still a plague on information security.
With all the recent cybersecurity incidents that have taken place because of lost or stolen credentials, this is the perfect time to remind ourselves why passwords and password security are still a relevant issue for information security. We’ll also review some key actions you can take to improve login security. Keep on reading to discover why password security is more important than ever in the new remote working world.
ID Agent analyzed the top 250 passwords found on the dark web, and the most common types of password choices were: names, sports, food, places, animals, and famous people/characters.
The most common passwords for each type include:
Don’t use any of these common passwords!
Passphrases are better than passwords for the following reasons:
Secure identity and access management (IAM) or password managers are your one-stop solution for enforcing stringent user identity verification practices and blocking any unauthorized access to your critical data. The solution combines and integrates several distinct security tools under a single platform to guarantee all-round security of your business systems and applications.
A password manager quickly adapts to your daily operational requirements by seamlessly integrating with the applications you need to run your business every day. It provides you with the level of security your business needs to stay protected from the sophisticated cyberthreats of today. Speaking of a password manager, we are pleased to announce that we will be launching out new password manager, Passly, in partnership with ID Agent in the coming weeks. Passly provides the most comprehensive and cost-effective platform available to enable security, compliance, and efficiency.
7. Multi-factor authentication helps comply with regulatory requirements
Multi-factor authentication (MFA) helps your credit union comply with regulatory requirements.
The layered security protections of our platform’s MFA solution meet the security protocols necessary to achieve and prove compliance for most regulatory bodies. MFA is a necessary compliance tool with PCI-DSS, so if you are working towards PCI compliance, start to consider MFA.
8. MFA takes the sting out of stolen or compromised passwords
MFA stops fraudsters dead in their tracks. If they steal your password, they will not be able to access your accounts as MFA only grants access after successfully presenting two or more pieces of evidence from an authentication mechanism.
Celero’s upcoming password manager, Passly provides enhanced security to identity management with their MFA through:
9. 10.9 hours per year are spent entering and or/resetting passwords
According to a 2019 Ponemon Institute Study, the average person spends 10.9 hours (per year) entering and/or resetting passwords.
On average, administrators spend 27 hours per year resolving user access problems for every 100 users. Businesses are facing loss of productivity in the absence of a suitable password manager solution.
This is just a glimpse of the loss of productivity businesses aim to avoid by employing the right password management tool. It becomes increasingly important as the decrease in productivity may also translate into loss of revenue.
Good password practices provide security with enhanced productivity and a low-friction user experience.
10. Passwords are sold on the dark web
Did you know that passwords are often up for sale on the dark web to the highest bidder? More cybercriminals are eyeing your passwords than ever before, and credential theft is where it all begins. Despite this, a Ponemon Institute study found that 51% of respondents have not changed their password behaviour.
Celero Protex Dark Web Monitoring ensures that your credit union’s credentials are secure. We proactively monitor the dark web 24/7 to track and triage potential information leaks and create effective policies and procedures to minimize your future risk. Stay ahead of new trends in cyberattacks with ongoing reporting to keep you informed and your credit union safe.
If you are interested in learning how Celero can help your credit union secure their environment, please contact us or talk to your Celero Account Executive.
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