Are your Employees using Secure Passwords?
Ensuring that employees are creating unique passwords is exceptionally difficult. Although most know in theory not to reuse passwords or use the same one across multiple interfaces, many still do out of convenience or comfort. However, this means if a hacker uncovers the password for one network, they can easily gain access to all the rest, exponentially increasing the impact of the breach.
Unfortunately, organizations are often unable to ensure that their employees are using unique and new passwords for each software and device. A data analysis done by enterprises revealed that 7% of employees are using passwords that were involved previously in a data breach, 20% are using passwords that are easily compromised and 13.39% have shared their passwords. If this isn’t enough, this same study unveiled that 19.1% of users had set a password that was used before, shared or extremely weak.
The more resources an organization has to ensure the security of their networks, the better, especially in the healthcare industry where patient PHI is targeted by hackers. This includes technology, such as third party software, that prevents the use of weak or recycled passwords. These programs also prompt employees to change their passwords frequently so as to reduce the threat. Organizations may also consider providing training and educational programs for employees to raise security awareness to prevent practices like password sharing or duplication.
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