Is your password on this list? Let’s hope not!
Data security is a hot topic for any industry and any size business. Passwords are the gateway to potentially sensitive information. Choosing them isn’t something to be taken lightly. You should pick unique passwords that are easy to remember and difficult to guess. You might laugh, but it is very likely that one of these passwords is being used within your company. The fact that simple passwords like these are so popular demonstrates the scary fact that most users either don’t value security or are not informed about the policies as should be following.
We suggest you share this list with your employees to drive home the importance of password security. Your employees should also be educated on the subject of dictionary attacks. Make users understand that their password isn’t as unique as they think. Dictionary attacks run through millions of words in seconds and use words from sources other than traditional dictionaries. The desire to create passwords that are easy to remember is understandable but common words and phrases in passwords are dangerous to your organization’s data security.
Password policies are just one step in the right direction when it comes to ensuring that your employees are working to protect your company’s valuable data. End users are often the reason for catastrophic loss to businesses simply because of negligence or misinformation. Ensure that your employees are educated and they will be your first line of defence when it comes to cyber security.