It's Plain and Simple – Dumb Human Mistake to Let This Go Unannounced For TWO Years.As people, we make mistakes. If you read my blogs often enough you have heard me state this. We need to learn from our mistakes. But this topic just keeps coming up over and over again. Administrators and end users need to think of it this way; just like learning at four years old to look both ways before crossing the street, we need to learn not re-use passwords across systems. This includes using the same passwords between work and home, social media sites and banks, and definitely not across insecure environments and sensitive assets. While this may sound elementary, another failure to look both ways just created a nightmare for Yahoo and potentially up to 10 million users that do not follow best practices for password security.
Heed My Advice on Passwords – Please!To that end, heed this advice. It may save your business or even your personal account if a service you use like Yahoo has a breach like this one.
- Never re-use the same password between work and home
- Never re-use the same password for financial institutions and social media
- Never re-use the same password for an administrator account at work as your standard logon
- Never tell anyone your password. If you need to share it, change it when the other person is done with using it.
- Change your passwords frequently. Yes, ALL of them.
- For individuals, use a secure personal password manager like Apple iCloud Keychain, or third party application to remember your passwords and create new randomized ones.
- For organizations use a enterprise password management solutions at work for password tracking, release, randomization, and workflow.
Morey J. Haber, Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust
Morey J. Haber is Chief Technology Officer and Chief Information Security Officer at BeyondTrust. He has more than 25 years of IT industry experience and has authored four Apress books: Privileged Attack Vectors (2 Editions), Asset Attack Vectors, and Identity Attack Vectors. In 2018, Bomgar acquired BeyondTrust and retained the BeyondTrust name. He originally joined BeyondTrust in 2012 as a part of the eEye Digital Security acquisition. Morey currently oversees BeyondTrust strategy for privileged access management and remote access solutions. In 2004, he joined eEye as Director of Security Engineering and was responsible for strategic business discussions and vulnerability management architectures in Fortune 500 clients. Prior to eEye, he was Development Manager for Computer Associates, Inc. (CA), responsible for new product beta cycles and named customer accounts. He began his career as Reliability and Maintainability Engineer for a government contractor building flight and training simulators. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.