8 steps to protecting login credentials

Follow this advice to help users and network admins to better protect login credentials to corporate systems.

security access / authorization / login credentials / username / password / mobile phone
Tero Vesalainen / Getty Images

How many passwords does the average network administrator have? The average end user? Plenty. What can you do to protect those passwords? How do you educate users on protecting their credentials?

A recent article in Mashable revealed that an attacker found the credentials for several internal Twitter systems on a company Slack account. If this is true (there are conflicting reports of the source of the hack), it points out that network administrators don’t protect credentials well. If network administrators don’t, it's probably safe to assume their users don't either.  

What can you do to help your network administrators and users better protect their credentials? It comes down to education and awareness.

Build resistance to social engineering

Educate both network administrators and end users about the impact of phishing and how attackers design attacks to go after our weaknesses. They will use social media to learn who holds what roles in the organization and whom to go after. Famed hacker Kevin Mitnick once used a Washington State book that listed company CEOs and their executive assistants to gain access to the companies. Warn users to limit their social postings in public locations to avoid exposing information to attackers.

To continue reading this article register now

The 10 most powerful cybersecurity companies