Sometimes it is the simplest or most obvious things that can be easily overlooked or taken for granted in life. The IT space is no different and many of the most basic elements, like password management, can often times be overlooked. While it’s not the sexiest of topics, passwords are something we use everyday and should be at the forefront of any security plan.
Passwords are the first line of defense against malicious activities in the digital space. We hear all the time about the importance of strong passwords, and many websites or software require certain password criteria that force them to be difficult to guess. However, the actual execution of these recommended practices is often lacking. The trouble usually lies with the end user who doesn’t take care of their passwords or doesn’t make them difficult enough. As a managed services provider, it is imperative to ensure that your clients are employing some simple, yet highly effective tactics to keep the bad guys out of their information and IT systems.
Before we look at the techniques to prevent hackers from gaining access to private information, let’s take a quick look at the most common means these folks use to crack the password code and get the proverbial “keys to the kingdom.”
So what is the MSP or client company to do? Educate employees on strong password practices. There is simply no-way to guarantee a bulletproof password. If someone wants something bad enough and is smart enough they can figure out what they need to do to get it. Most are not that patient though so any deterrents are usually enough to make them give up and find an easier target.
Some best practices to be teaching customers and employees include:
Don’t get lazy when it comes to your passwords. Take the extra time to think of something creative, complex and something only you would remember. Here are some of the web’s most common passwords – and what they say about you as a person.
What else can be done? Here are some “do’s” and “don’ts” for password safety.
Now some don’ts:
After reading this, I’m sure you feel like you have some work to do. It’s never too early to start utilizing these recommended practices and you may not even know what data may currently be exposed or at risk. Changing your passwords and using the above techniques can help protect you and your clients from malicious web attacks. Don’t overlook the importance of password management – it could make all the difference when a hacker sets his targets on you or your clients.