Phishing attacks continue to be the root cause of a considerable number of data breaches. Typically, these incidents occur when employees are enticed into giving up their login credentials in response to a cleverly designed, yet fake email. Thus, network passwords, combined with employee susceptibility to phishing emails, remain a major security weakness for corporations.
Passwords and Employees
A recent report by Israeli security firm Secret Double Octopus (SDO), reveals that despite policies intended to protect passwords, many employees do not take appropriate precautions. SDO reports that, based on its surveys, about 59 percent of employees rely on paper notes, documents, or electronic text documents to store work-related passwords. Even worse, fourteen percent of respondents said they share work-related passwords, while 21 percent admitted to reusing their work passwords for personal online services. Five pecent of employees admit they have entered their work-related passwords into fraudulent forms/web pages – “admit” being the operative word. Continue Reading