4 Password Management Tips for Your Organization

Published in Member Communities on Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Passwords are the frontline defense for your organization and the gatekeepers of this are first your employees. This is why it is extremely important to ensure your entire organization is up-to-date on the best password management habits.

What is Password Management?

It can be a challenge for anyone to manage their passwords. There are so many to keep track of from personal to work passwords. Password management for your organization means having a system in which passwords are stored and organized at every level of privileged access. This means everyone from entry-level employees all the way to organizational administrations need to have a password plan in place. By doing so, it allows your IT partner to require sufficient security protocol when it comes to logins.

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1. Say Hello to Our Little Friend: MFA

Don’t pull any stops when it comes to security. Multi-Factor Authorization should be a standard in your organization. If an employee tries to log in from an unrecognized device, MFA will either send an email or text with a code to log into the device. This additional layer of security helps protect information from any unknown source.

2. Set a Change Schedule

It may feel like a nuisance at times, but just as you replace an air filter or toothbrush, you should change your password as well. It’s best for the health of your organization because it gives hackers less time to crack the code. A healthy rule of thumb is to require a change every six months.

3. May Your Day Be Short and Passwords Long

The days of your password being the name of your beloved pet are gone. Your password needs to be long and somewhat complex. It may be helpful to think of a short sentence, such as, “[email protected]@19.” It’s simple to remember but unlikely to be cracked.

Bonus Tip: LastPass is the #1 password manager. It offers a secure solution to store your password information so you don't have to remember it all yourself.

4. Educate Your Employees

Your defense is only as strong as your community. While employee judgment is seldom solely relied on, by investing in their security education, you help to make them feel a stronger sense of responsibility for defensive measures.

No step taken towards better security for your organization is a waste of time. As technology progresses, so do the threats of cybercrime. Contact us today to see where your organization stands with a vulnerability assessment. 


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