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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bad Passwords

Page address: http://www.mnsu.edu/its/security/blog/2016-10-06-bad_passwords.html

by Khalid Diriye

It’s bad but why continue to do it?

“Use uppercase, lowercase, special characters, and numbers.”

I’m sure you’ve seen or have been told to make a password complex however, password security is something we take for granted even though most are aware passwords are supposed to be difficult to guess why is it that there are still so many breaches?

Despite there being news all over the world about security breaches and identity fraud you’d think security would be more of an urgent matter rather than a choice. [PDF] Lab42 (439 KiB) conducted a study and asked 2,000 adults around the world about their cyber security habits and discovered that 82% knew it should be a combination of characters, numbers, and symbols. However, they failed put practices like not including your family, friends, birthdates, pet names, or any information that could be easily accessible.

Furthermore, the study concluded that 61% of the 2,000 adults studied reused passwords that contained easily accessible data such as the ones stated above.
Here’s a table that gives a glance on the risks of reusing credentials from the Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR)

According to the Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR) “The capture and/or reuse of credentials is used in numerous incident classification patterns.”. This is the standard toolkit that majority of criminal groups or individual attackers use to access your information.

In conclusion raising the awareness of information security can help you and your business tremendously so make sure to stay updated with your security knowledge by reading more of our security awareness blogs!