SSO and password hacks help businesses boost productivity and increase cybersecurity
Nottingham, 02 June 2016 – With news that a seven character password now takes a hacker under a second to crack, the need for employees to use stronger, more complex passwords as an essential weapon in any organisation’s cybersecurity arsenal has never been more important.
But with multiple log-ins and the requirement for stronger passwords comes the inevitable challenge of remembering them, resulting in frustrating password resets and calls to IT helpdesks, along with the security nightmare of people being tempted to write passwords down. To help alleviate the increasing password burden on employees and the security risks to businesses, Hypersocket Software is offering its Single Sign-On (SSO) Enterprise edition technology at a cost* more usually associated with basic editions for small businesses, along with five hacks for stronger passwords.
Lee Painter, CEO of Hypersocket Software comments: “Passwords are still one of the most prominent methods by which end users are authenticated to gain access into an application or a network. But remembering numerous credentials for the numerous applications we use every day is troublesome and time consuming for both employees and businesses. A far easier approach is to implement Single Sign-On technology which allows users to access the systems they need with one password, enabling companies to make their password requirements stronger, longer and trickier for hackers to uncover.”
Hypersocket’s enterprise SSO provides secure one-click access and user authentication eliminating the need to log into different web and cloud-based apps and remember individual passwords. Launched via desktop, a portal, or a favourite browser, this one click access enables employees to get on with work and reduces support calls for forgotten passwords.
Role-based access also ensures that only authorised employees are able to sign on to the systems they really need, working on the principle of least privilege. In addition, multi-factor authentication adds another level of security in the form of security questions, PIN, Duo or Yubico, while the option of both cloud and on-premise means an organisation retains complete control over its data and privacy.
Comments Lee: “Hypersocket’s SSO secures and simplifies user access to role-essential applications in a way that’s straightforward and effective. By integrating users existing practices organisations can see an immediate gain in productivity, without compromising security.”
Five insider hacks for stronger passwords
SSO technology means that organisations can be extremely stringent when it comes to password policy. It’s common practice for an organisation’s password protocols to insist on employees using mixed cases, letters, numbers and symbols in passwords, to change them regularly, avoid using the names of people they know and not to use old passwords.
However, according to Hypersocket’s software developers there are five additional components required to create a super strong password.
1.The long and the short: As the length of passwords increases so does the time taken to crack it. It’s been estimated that an eleven character password would take a hacker a decade to crack using a brute force attack. Avoid the pitfalls of small is simple to remember passwords, one long password can be just as easy to remember.
2.It’s all in the patterns – Hacking relies on working out patterns. Adding different numbers and symbols to the same common password really makes little difference. Discourage the use of typical password patterns such as word>+3 numbers> or employees following the same formats as their colleagues. Once a hacker knows the pattern of one password they can pretty much expect all other accounts to follow the same rules.
3.Expanding pool of words – The number of words in the Oxford English dictionary exceeds well over 100,000 but the words used in most passwords is limited to a small subset of this; the same set you’ll find in wordlists used by hacking tools. Encourage people to avoid using common everyday words, and instead seek out unusual (and so likely memorable) words.
4.Get into the rhythm – Use a rhythm as you tap out a password to help remember longer passwords.
5.Getting everyone on-board – It’s all too common to find only some end users following password policies and it’s usually the ones that don’t who have the most to lose. Getting everyone’s buy-in on using more complex password policies improves network security and users all round.
About Hypersocket Software
Hypersocket Software provides enterprise level network security and access management software to help businesses create more secure IT environments. Affordable Single Sign-On, Managed File Transfer Server and Virtual Private Networking products give organisations of all sizes the tools to enable people to work smarter and more securely. And by creating solutions that focus on areas where security is paramount and tackling the IT security challenges that businesses face every day, Hypersocket Software provides customers not only with peace-of-mind but also an outstanding return on investment.