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Password Thefts Have Not Prompted Users To Change Password Habits

By April 18, 2017March 1st, 2023Cybersecurity

The newest big problem with data security is the same as the old big problem with data security. It’s the users. Specifically, it’s the fact that most people don’t bother to change their passwords more than once a year, if that frequently.

Data security is a major headache for all business owners, no matter the size of your company.

You can spend hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars on a top-notch, state of the art system, and still watch it all come tumbling down around you because someone used a dead-simple password or didn’t bother to change it periodically.
How bad is this new/old problem?

According to the most recent survey, fully 53% of users only change their passwords one a year or less. More than a quarter only change them when a system administrator instructs them to.

This is crazy, especially in light of the rapid increase in major security breaches in recent years. With all the high-profile hacks, often affecting hundreds of millions, if not billions of users at a time, you’d think that the message would have sunk in by now. Password security matters. It’s important. It’s your first, best line of defense against a major security breach, and none of that seems to matter. Users just aren’t responding.

It’s uncertain whether this is an education issue, or something else. At this point, it could come down to simple apathy. Since most users won’t be personally impacted by the consequences of a breach, there’s limited interest in working to prevent one.

To date, no one has come up with a good solution to this problem. But, based on the statistics, you can be almost certain that a significant portion of your workforce hasn’t changed their passwords in a while, and many of them are likely using passwords that would be child’s play for a hacker to work out.

That puts your company at risk, and it’s a ticking time bomb.

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.