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

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“The way to expose vulnerabilities in any environment is to test for them,” Caruso says, “and password problems are no different. When we do our vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (pen-testing) for clients, we usually launch a full blown spear phishing campaign to see who we can dupe into giving us their credentials, and we’ve never failed to get users on the hook in any organization we’ve ever tested. And when the responses start rolling in, we get to see the passwords people are using, and let me tell you, it can be frightening to see. The really dumb stuff like “qwerty,” “abc123,” and “god” protecting access to sensitive business data or digital assets still pop up so often it makes you really wonder what some folks could possibly be thinking. It’s so ridiculous it can sometimes border on amusing. Then there is the usually another crew that like to use names and dates of loved ones and events, many of which could be easily figured out just by visiting their Facebook page, which hackers love to roam for that kind of information. But when we bring it up during the reporting stage and call out the offenders, no one is laughing. And once we’re armed with the evidence, we go to work, hand in hand with the client, to create, fix or strengthen their policies, procedures, and enforcemen
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