The 2020 pandemic has caused unexpected disruptions in the business world. Almost every other industry has been affected. Employees are being asked to work from home, where possible, while some companies have already downsized operations. Others are grappling with the need to keep up with social distancing norms at workplace. Amidst all of that, some of the basic cybersecurity practices, such as password protection, finding security vulnerabilities, and taking extra steps to prevent hacking, still matter.
In this post, we are talking more on how to take password protection to the next level.
- Change all default details. Default passwords, such as company123 or 123abc, are very easy to hack, and it doesn’t take a lot of work for cybercriminals either. Make sure that default details, including usernames, are change immediately after a software, product, or app, has been deployed.
- Create strong passwords. Employees must be encouraged to create long and strong passwords, which have at least 10 to 12 characters. Also, encourage the use of special characters, uppercase & lowercase letters, numbers, so that passwords are as complicated as possible.
- Recommend a good password manager. There are many password-management tools that have been designed for businesses, and these can be used effectively to create, retrieve and store passwords. You can invest in a paid one and ensure that your employees are using the same.
- Set the basic rules. For instance, passwords should never be reused again, or the same password shouldn’t be used for many accounts or resources at the same time. When it comes to enhanced cybersecurity, companies have to set the ground rules for employees and managers, who are on the frontline of managing IT resources.
- Use multifactor authentication. Multifactor authentication, with help of security questions, onetime passwords, special codes, biometrics, and other ways, can be extremely useful in securing accounts, software, devices, and other products further. You know that with extra authentication, access to resources can be minimized.
Also, ensure that your software, apps, and firmware versions are updated to the latest patch, and if old, unused software programs are there on devices, these should be removed immediately. You can also keep a tool for managing access rights, so there is complete transparency on who has access to what resource within an organization. Access management tools are also handy for managing and keeping an eye on privilege accounts and users, which often remain a top target of hackers.