In 2019, creating a secure password is more difficult than it sounds—using your surname or date of birth is no longer an option. Users want a password that is easy to remember, but difficult for a hacker to crack. Some prefer to create a long passphrase, but it becomes challenging to continue to create a new phrase for every account that requires one. Others combine letters, numbers, and symbols, which eventually become very hard to remember.
Cyberattacks are a constant threat and it is pivotal that a user’s passwords are protected. To understand how to protect yourself, you should first understand the tactics that cybercriminals can use. They include:
Black Market: Attackers can buy your stolen passwords off the dark web
Brute Force: Automated software tries as many combinations of letters, numbers, and characters as possible—as quickly as possible. This method is more effective for shorter passwords with fewer potential combinations
Dictionary: Automated software tries a prearranged list of words that a hacker believes has a higher than random likelihood of being successful. This can include popular names, pet names, and movie or television characters
Phishing: Attacks that evolve from trickery, intimidation, or pressure through social engineering.
Cyberattacks are becoming more common. The first step is to protect your business with the appropriate password policies and procedures. However, even the best password cannot protect your business from hackers without additional IT security. The simplest way to add an additional layer of security to your accounts is through Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA). MFA provides that extra security by adding a second requirement to confirm your identity after you enter your password. Typically, that comes in the form of a code or push notification sent to your smartphone.
If you are already a Wolf Consulting client, you can learn more about this service by speaking to your account manager/vCIO.
In addition to MFA, organizations of all sizes should be instituting or upholding a host of other strategic IT security measures to stop cyberattacks before they happen. Properly configured firewalls, antivirus software, data backup measures, and many other solutions not only help negate attacks, but bring peace of mind to business owners and executives. At Wolf Consulting, we offer a range of IT security services that bring businesses in the Greater Pittsburgh Area a comprehensive set of solutions that keep your critical data protected.