The Password Is: Password

One of the most surprising (and alarming) things I’ve read about recently is how easy it has been for some hackers to disrupt big, powerful businesses. From Sony to Target (and others we’ve never heard of) one of the lessons learned is that these companies seemed to have forgotten the basics.

Though data security, redundancy, and system back-ups could easily take up the space of many more blog posts, today I want to focus on just one – passwords.

Let’s start with a few questions:

  • Does your organization have a password policy?  
  • Do you know who has passwords to which systems or computers?
  • Do you have a protocol to force your staff to change their passwords on some regular basis?
  • When was the last time *you* changed your password on your most used accounts?

Managing all of this is a real effort, there’s no doubt about it.  And managers must make it part of their job to take care of the basics.  I thought the following article titled, ACCOUNT SECURITY 101: Passwords, Multifactor, Social Engineering, and Youpublished by CrashOveride is worth a read (and probably a donation to the organization)!

I’ll be talking about data security and protection more and more. It’s a topic that everyone’s eyes roll when you bring it up, but unless you face this issue head-on, the potential downtime to your organization, or even legal liability is significant.

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