Businesses are constantly gathering data, often unintentionally. IT assets, networks, IP cameras, DVRs, servers, websites, apps, software, and other network resources – Everything has to be protected from cybercriminals and hackers. Besides developing a clear stance on cybersecurity, companies are spending millions on bug bounty programs, while many small businesses are hiring ethical hackers to get cameras hacked. Stolen & weak passwords are often responsible for infiltration of systems, and hackers often use vulnerabilities to create backdoor entry points. In this post, we are sharing a few details on how to create strong passwords.
Change default passwords
Default passwords are may seem hard to guess, but are super easy to hack. Encourage users and employees to change all default passwords immediately after creation of the account.
Create strong passwords
How would you know if your password is strong? A strong password needs to have the following –
- Should be at least 10 to 12 characters long. Long passwords are always better.
- Should have at least one special character.
- Should have uppercase & lowercase letters.
- Shouldn’t be easy to guess.
- Shouldn’t be related to personal details.
Recommend a password management tool
Complex passwords are great for enhancing security, but for an average employee, remember too many passwords can be a bummer of sorts. The simplest solution to that is a password management tool, which helps in storing and retrieving information as required.
Use the lock-out feature
The lock-out feature basically locks an account or user, if there have been a certain number of unsuccessful attempts to log into the system or websites. Also, the lock-out feature will send notifications to the respective teams and management, so that forceful attacks can be prevented.
Consider multi-factor authentication (MFA)
In simple words, multi-factor authentication (MFA) is about using more than just the password for authentication. This could refer to a security question, fingerprint, face detection and other means used for authentication. For privileged access users, special apps and resources, multi-factor authentication (MFA) could be a good choice. Finally, ensure that usernames are unique and selected carefully. Usernames should be different and not similar to one another.
A few steps towards cybersecurity and password protection can go a long way towards preventing a hacking attempt. Don’t wait for a mishap to happen – There is no better way but a proactive stance towards cybersecurity, and for that, every level of the organization has to be involved.