The effective management of passwords is the first line of defence in the electronic security of any organisation.
Benefits of a Password Procedure
When creating a password procedure, it is important to consider elements that can be enforced through software security settings. Items such as the minimum length of a password and expiry cycle for passwords are typically set through system software.
Another important consideration when developing a password procedure is password retention. Even with the best procedures in place, passwords will be shared or otherwise become known over time, weakening security, so it is necessary to change them on a regular basis. Most systems allow the system administrator to set a parameter which causes passwords to expire and requires them to be reset by the user. This parameter is typically set for anywhere from 30 days to 90 days. Password expiry does add some additional workload for technical staff as users often forget their new passwords and need support to change them. This is where Trident Health can assist and provide easy to use solutions like Managed Password Protection.
Best Practice When Creating a Password
For the users’ protection, passwords created should be difficult to guess. The following points provide some guidance
on best practices for creating a password:
Users should always follow these principles:
There are many things to consider when developing a password procedure. Strict password procedures ensure greater security but require more user support and may result in a low compliance rate. Very relaxed password policies will likely result in higher compliance by users but may not provide adequate protection.
The key to an effective password procedure is to define a balance between the security needs of your organisation and its culture and to follow the guidelines defined.
For further details on how to secure your organisations IT security give Trident a call today. We will provide personalised and proven security measures to give you peace of mind.
Senior Account Manager