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With Russian Hackers Stealing over a Billion Credentials, Business Password Policies in the Spotlight
Date:8/9/2014

we’ve seen after incidents which could be traced to completely unacceptable, or totally non-existent password policies, procedures and enforcement.”

Science will eventually solve human laziness when it comes to the password dilemma, but in the meantime…

“One of the biggest problems is just the sheer volume of passwords most people have to keeps tabs on for an ever-increasing number of accounts. So human nature steps in and deals with the problem by having that little voice inside convince us that it’s OK to use the same password on different sites,” Caruso says, “Less to remember, right? Then the little voice rationalizes it; no one knows my password, I’ve never had my credentials stolen, so what’s the harm? Well, the harm is by doing that you are not only putting your own identity and accounts at risk, but in many cases you’re also putting your employer and the entire business network at risk – in other words, your livelihood. If hackers manage to steal your credentials from one site, even if it’s through no fault of your own, like an inferior security posture and vulnerabilities on their end, it doesn’t take a lot to automate the process of using your matched credentials to test all kinds of sites, from your Facebook page or email account, to PayPal, eBay or even your bank, and yes, your business network too. Science will eventually solve this problem, but what the solution will look like is still anyone’s guess. Some kind of biometrics is a good bet, and they already have a lot of things on the table on that front, common ideas like fingerprinting, like on the new iPhones, or retinal scans, to the more unique and outlandish, like your heart rhythm or hand dimensions, or even way-out-there ideas like your very own flavor of body odor serving as the key to your data. But for now, passwords are still something you have to somehow remember and enter with your keyboard, and armed with the secret characters, anyone can do it for you, or as you.”


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