The Windows 10 operating system improved its security.
Microsoft has long stood by its policies that passwords should expire after so many days to prevent compromised credentials but never made it a requirement.
In Microsoft’s latest release Feature Update #1809, they’ve updated password policies in the operating system, including many changes to the native application’s security baseline, making ALL passwords expire by force.
We’re moving towards much more secure environments.
Businesses and their employees should always focus on having a security-focused mindset, whether from Security Awareness Training or just knowing what role passwords play in an attack. To sufficiently secure your data, organizations seek updated security tools to address their concerns and look towards in-house experts and close working relationships to build the latest guidance for securing employees and business data.
- Banned Passwords
Sticking with default passwords makes it much less frustrating to hackers. By stopping employees who are using passwords like “123456” and “1Password!!”, your organization can block the use of these commonly stolen credentials, making it more secure for the employees.
- Multi-Factor Authentication
Known by many as “MFA,” it’s grown common practice for most industries to require every employee within the organization to utilize more than one path for authentication. This company stance should be leveraged across your entire business, even if they ONLY have access to email.
By employing the use of these alternative controls, businesses can begin leveraging employees as their first line of defense. Begin to offset the potential for increased security vulnerabilities and risks, commonly seen today, by educating your employees on proper password hygiene, length, and complexity.
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