Passwords are required to access multiple tools and services that are required to keep a business running, from logging into a laptop or desktop to email accounts and vendor profiles. By juggling so many different logins, users often fall into poor habits, such as repeating passwords, using common phrases and failing to update their passwords on a regular basis. This World Password Day, experts from nine tech companies have provided their tips and strategies to help secure credentials and protect businesses from the cyber attacks that have risen in recent months.
Mihir Shah, CEO, Nexsan, a StorCentric company
“For individuals seeking to protect their personal information and secure their online accounts, a strong password is a critical first line of defense. But, if you are a commercial, nonprofit or government organization, a password, regardless of how unique or how often it is updated, will barely scratch the IT security surface. The only true protection for an organization’s high value data is to aggressively lock it down using a hardened storage solution that has been engineered with the understanding that attempts at corruption or deletion can come from anyone, anywhere and at any time. The solution must be capable of recognizing and rejecting every such attempt, regardless of whether it’s from a virus, ransomware, spyware, user mistakes, software error – or a new threat that hasn’t even been discovered yet.”
JG Heithcock, GM, Retrospect, a StorCentric company
“World Password Day reminds us of just how critical it is to take every precaution to protect ourselves and our data. And certainly, a unique password is a great place to start, but, you can’t stop there. Cyberthreats like ransomware are becoming increasingly pervasive, affecting homes and businesses alike. However, by proactively employing a data protection strategy that includes an effective and efficient backup solution, you will be able to thwart cybercriminals and ensure your data remains private, secure, accessible and recoverable.”