SC Media: Despite increased cyber-risk awareness, poor password hygiene still rules

May 2, 2018 — Even though people are now more aware of security best practices than in the past, their password management has remained largely unchanged.

Ryan Wilk, VP at NuData, comments on a report issued yesterday by SC Media disclosing details of the new Psychology of Passwords Report by security firm LastPass has revealed how untiring efforts made by governments, security firms, and privacy groups have resulted in heightened awareness of cyber-security risks among the general public. The study reveals that 59 percent of those surveyed said they use the same passwords across multiple accounts and even though 79 percent of them owned between one and twenty accounts, a majority of them used the same passwords for prolonged periods until they were forced to change their passwords either by IT departments or after suffering cyber-incidents.

There are solutions on the market now that, even if the correct credentials are presented, can identify machines from humans, then separate good machines from bad, select known humans from unknown humans, and finally sort unknown humans demonstrating low-risk signals from unknown humans demonstrating high-risk signals.

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