Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day is meant to serve as a reminder of the importance of good password hygiene. It is a holiday that Mark Burnett first recommended in his book, Perfect Password: Selection, Protection, Authentication. Eight years later, Intel officially recommended that the first Thursday in May be designated as World Password Day and it has been observed ever since!
Last month, I highlighted a topic about how some of tech’s biggest names want a future without passwords in an edition of the Snap! As you might imagine, it was debated in the responses. In fact, made a great point:
“Exactly, passwordless just means authentication and authorization done by means other than a punched-in passphrase and could take into account regular business hours and typical duties, preventing a bad actor from trying to impersonate you at 3am across the globe. But that leads more into zero trust territory, though the two would complement each other well.”
While writing this, I did a little searching and came up with some interesting stats that are being referenced across the internet.
54% of all employees reuse passwords across multiple work accounts (Yubico)
“123456” is the most common password in the world (NordPass)
51% of people have the same password for their work and personal accounts (Dataprot)
Over 80% of data breaches are due to poor password security (Idagent)
65% of people don’t trust password managers (Password Manager)
42% of organizations rely on sticky notes for password management (Ponemon)
Will we see a “passwordless” future? Possibly but I feel it is safe to say we’re not going to see that as a standard in the next few months. So what do we do in the meanwhile to help make the internet and the users you support a bit safer? And don't forget that device security starts with you (sad but true, I wished I had a Smokey the Bear hat when I wrote that). It's not just the need for solid passwords and improved cybersecurity that is absolutely critical but also educating your users. Are you doing anything today to help bring awareness to this holiday and inform your users on what they should be doing?