In the commemoration of World Password Day, organizations should start thinking about solutions that make the login seamless, including the incorporation of passwordless solutions.
World Password Day was commemorated on May 5, 2022. It is the time of the year when organizations and users should rethink their approach to passwords. While passwords have been at the forefront of securing the data and devices, the increasing complexity of technologies, along with the rise in the number of applications that employees have access to, make it a stressful and frustrating endeavor for them. Moreover, the growing sophistication of cyber-attacks demands employees to make their passwords more complex.
As per Gee Rittenhouse, CEO, Skyhouse Security,”World Password Day is an excellent opportunity to remind everyone about the importance of protecting data within organizations as well as your own personal data. Cybercriminals today are more sophisticated at obtaining usernames and passwords making it easier for them to conduct a data breach. Today is a great opportunity to remind ourselves of a few simple steps to improve our data security.”
One option that both organizations and individuals can take is to opt for password managers. They help to keep the passwords secure. Additionally, they can build scrambled passwords that the individual is not responsible for remembering. Furthermore, organizations should opt for multi-factor authentication that can add an extra level of login protection. However, the safest bet for organizations in today’s developed infrastructure is not using a password manager.
Not only is today’s enterprise landscape equipped with the right technology to create a seamless passwordless environment but there are multiple reasons to stop using one. A few of them include but are not limited to: reducing the risk of breach, preventing the domino effect, eliminating storage concerns, and mitigating identity theft while creating a better customer and employee experience. Additionally, it can also give the organization an upper hand with passwordless environment products as they do not have to remember their passwords at checkout.
A few steps to create a passwordless environment, recommended by Gee Rittenhouse, include:
“A first step is to bolster their approach to authentication. Simply having a username and password is no longer enough. We need to move beyond this to adopt more secure processes, such as two-factor authentication or multi-factor authentication.
The second step is the adoption of Zero Trust across the enterprise network. This means that no trust is given automatically to users – instead, it is earned through logging in patterns and behaviors, which facilitates tighter security. Also, employees are only given access to data, apps, and systems that are related to their daily jobs meaning that if passwords are compromised, the subsequent damage is limited.
While following these crucial steps to stay data-aware is always beneficial, World Password Day is a great reminder for us all.”