Implementing a password security policy to combat cybersecurity threat in the workplace

It’s a tradition in the month of October, every year, for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to acknowledge the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) where the primary motive is to help individual users and companies that make use of the internet stay safe on the web. All NCSAM themes are all revolving around one main focus: cyber security is a personal matter and thus takes every individual to take up the responsibility of mitigating IT security risks on a personal basis.

Many leading cybersecurity companies like the Hikvision, have taken it upon themselves to offer useful tips and best practices on a regular basis to users and companies in the bid to reduce vulnerabilities and security concerns in workplaces. Companies actually need to implement a proper password policy which includes setting in place multi-factor authentication and as well enlightening users on the need to use a secure password and what such is.

Below are a few password policies you can implement in your workplace and organization to reduce the risks of cybersecurity threats:

Encourage users not to use easy-to-guess passwords

When passwords are too easy, it makes it an easy prey for hackers. Organizations should try everything possible to enlighten their partners, employees and end users to ensure they know the importance of not re-using the passwords they use at home for work accounts. They should also desist from using easy-to-guess passwords.

Enable password lock-out

On company’s product, enable the password lock-out feature that makes login impossible after a certain number of failed attempts. This is very effective in helping to curtail cybersecurity breaches as it keeps unwanted or unauthorized users completely out.

Encourage users to change default passwords

One of the factors responsible for an increase in security breach today is the failure of users to change the factory default password to personal ones. More than one product of a particular company may have the same default password, so, it’s not advisable to keep using such password in order to prevent a breach. Companies are meant to encourage users to change this password and could also, sometimes, force them to do so. Using a password of at least 8 or more character consisting at least one special character, uppercase, number, or lowercase letters is a great way to start.

Set individual password for DVR/NVR cameras

Each of these cameras could be given a unique password. Users must be discouraged from using the default password in this case, but should rather be convinced to change them to strong passwords.

Discourage sharing of accounts

Let every individual be accountable by assigning unique password and username to everyone. Sharing accounts should be discouraged as this may open doors to different security concerns.