As funny as this clip is, it is unfortunately more common than you would think. Passwords are one of the most important lines of defense against hackers and data theft. With all the spending that businesses do on firewalls, antivirus, anti-malware and other security measures, many neglect the one thing that doesn’t cost anything other than some common sense rules and the time to write an effective policy.
Most businesses can do with just creating a secure password policy that requires passwords with significant lengths, no sequential numbers, and no repeat usage. Guide your employees to use effective passwords that can be remembered rather than something cryptic that needs to be written down under their keyboard. For example, use a line from a movie that can be easily remembered: “You$Can’t$Handle$The$Truth3″.
If you have assets that need to be protected with more secure methods than passwords, consider something like a software token that can run on your smart phone. It will provide a password that is different every minute. Add a short 6 digit PIN # that you can remember (don’t use your birthdate!) and you have a very good way to secure highly sensitive information.
As always, if you need assistance on assessing your security policies and whether you are properly following them, give us a call.