Passwords and Cyber Security in 2018

Written by: CIBIS, 27 Feb 2018

Passwords and Cyber Security in 2018

These days, it seems as though you require a password for almost everything. Just think how far you would get into your day before you are required to enter a password of some type.

But have you actually ever stopped and thought about how secure that password is and in turn how safe are the multiple platforms you are logging into with all these passwords? How quickly would it take someone to identify your password and have access to all your personal and confidential information?

Try googling “how secure is my password” and see the typical amount of time it would take a computer to crack your password. The results can be scary! While it might seem like a good password for you to remember, have you thought about how many people might use the same password or how common the password could be to others?

Strong passwords are longer and contain both upper case and lower case letters, numbers and symbols. Using the same password for multiple logins should also be avoided.

At CIBIS we take passwords very seriously and never write down passwords. We typically use two-factor authentication when we are required to provide user details to any of our clients.

While password strength and your growing awareness of cyber security issues is no doubt increasing, Australian businesses are not proactive enough in managing cyber threats to their operations.

Consider the business impact of fines up to $1.8 million for businesses who fail to notify reportable data breaches, ransomware attacks, viruses, lost productivity and a host of other inconveniences that can arise from hacking activities. Any rational person would say they would seek to minimise their exposure, but many are failing to act.

It is infinitely less costly to plan for cyber security issues to emerge rather than to wait and react after experiencing an adverse event. As part of our commitment to assisting businesses, we have tailored special packages to simplify the processes, expedite knowledge transfer and bring you up to par.

If you are indeed a rational person and would like to act now, these packages available are:

• Information Package (includes network vulnerability scan, penetration test, data audit, backup audit, existing configuration audit and report of findings/recommendations.)

• Technology Package (a one stop solution to provide you with the minimal viable solution).

• Resilience Package (greater coverage, recover from the unthinkable and reduced exposure in risk management plans).

• Compliance Package (beyond technology and security for good governance, quality assurance and control).

If you want the peace of mind that comes from being proactive and managing this risk, contact us today about our Cyber Security Packages on  +61 2 4925 8500.