For Hackers, It’s as Simple as 1, 2, 3, 4
Passwords remain the favorite form of authentication—and the top avenue of attack for breaches. According to a survey of 200 IT and security managers conducted by EMA, 42% of respondents indicated their organization had been breached due to compromised passwords. “Poor password hygiene” was also a major cause of breach, with 31% reporting breaches due to credentials being shared with an unauthorized peer.
Lesley Berkeyheiser, CCSFP, a senior reviewer for the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission and a HITRUST practitioner, also advocates for multifactor authentication. Passwords, she says, are too vulnerable to breaches and hacker attacks to let them stand alone. For that reason, it’s important to preserve data integrity by combining password usage with multifactor authentication.
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