Cybersecurity Awareness Month

PAUSE TO CONSIDER: Passwords

One of the most common ways bad actors gain access to digital environments is by guessing passwords. With so many devices being interconnected, cracking into one device could mean access to several devices, as well as extensive access to sensitive information. It is always a good idea to change your password often. When you change your password, pause to consider:

Is your password long and complex enough?

Long and complex passwords require more effort and time for a hacker to guess. Consider using passphrases, which are long and exceed even the most stringent password length requirements. For example, “My first car was a 1977 chevy camaro”. This passphrase will meet any password complexity and length requirements. It makes use of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and the space is considered a special character. 

Is money tight for new software and hardware solutions?

Passphrases make use of existing technological capabilities. Microsoft Active Directory allows for a 64-bit password length; the example above is just 36.

Are you experiencing resistance in implementing more stringent password policies or frequent user lockout issues? 

Many institutions acknowledge the importance of security but also resist security practices that are too stringent for various reasons, including employee morale. Passphrases can combat many of those excuses, as well as reduce the time wasted by IT support staff who have to address account lockouts. 

Are you concerned about network security at your healthcare organization? Fortified Health Security can help. Contact our team of cybersecurity specialists to discuss potential risk and compromise across your organization today.

Fortified Health Security is committed to strengthening the security posture of healthcare organizations.  In the spirit of Cybersecurity Awareness month, we will be posting daily information for you to consider when maintaining your organization’s cybersecurity program.