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Password Blacklists: Applying the Goldilocks Principle

One of the most effective ways to increase the strength of your network’s security is to screen users’ passwords against a list of dictionary passwords and known compromised passwords. Password vulnerabilities remain a major entry point for hackers. Over the last few years, password policy has evolved in significant ways. NIST password guidelines now indicate that using a password blacklist …

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Seven Active Directory Security Tips from The Experts

Microsoft Active Directory (AD) allows IT administrators to manage users, data, and applications within their organization’s network. Due to its popularity and importance within companies, AD is a perfect target for ‘bad actors.’ We’ve most likely all seen the massive increase in data breaches over the past few years. There are many attack vectors out there, but compromised credentials are …

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How CJIS Evolved Password Policy Requirements

The Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) is the largest division of the FBI. They’re a hub of state-of-the-art tools and services for law enforcement, national security community partners, and the general public. The CJIS Security Policy is regularly updated to evolving industry best practices. Their June 2019 update introduced a new policy option for passwords. This option made it easier …

The Skinny on Password Attacks

The Skinny on Password Attacks

Thousands of Canadian citizens are at risk of identity fraud after cybercriminals used stolen credentials to access government services including COVID-19 relief funds. The source of the breach was a credential stuffing attack utilizing logins exposed in a prior breach. This is the latest example in a steady stream of data breaches driven by poor password practices. The Verizon DBIR …

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Good, Better, Best: Using Multi-factor Authentication Effectively

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is useful, but not a failsafe strategy for user authentication. The purpose of identity and access management technology is, generally speaking, to prevent unauthorized users from viewing, stealing, or manipulating data, whether a corporate network, or a celebrity Twitter account. As most users know, the dangers of the internet are ever shifting, and it’s important to stay …

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The Ways to Prevent Password Cracking

Cracking dictionaries are software programs that compile lists of unique words, common passwords, and iterations of common passwords. These words are collected from public domain files from multiple sources and in various formats. With cracking dictionaries, hackers narrow the universe of possible passwords to try. Instead of a brute force attack that tries every possible character combination, the hacker can …

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The Lifecycle of a Password

Securing Passwords from Create to Retire Organizations are in a non-stop battle to protect their network and meet data security responsibilities in the face of ever-increasing cyberattacks. A key challenge is ensuring that users create secure passwords. Four out of five hacking breaches involve unsafe password practices. In this current threat environment, passwords must exclude passwords exposed in previous data …

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Trusting Passwords: Best Practices for Threat-Proofing Credentials

“Open, Sesame!”Upon reflection it’s easy to see that passwords have an incredibly long history: from shibboleths to military codes, they’ve been used in many situations to preserve privacy and identity. With the creation of computing technology, passwords became ubiquitous, and were codified in the digital world as strings of characters—numbers, letters, and symbols. Much like their historical counterparts, they were …

Digital Home Security: How to stay safe while the world works from home

Digital Home Security: How to stay safe while the world works from home

Working from home used to seem something of a luxury, reserved for those whose work might not rely on customer interaction or face to face meetings. But since April of this year, the number of people working from home has dramatically increased, due to the risks associated with COVID-19. This trend has spanned most major sectors of the industry—education, healthcare, …