Employee password protection awareness is an essential aspect of cybersecurity for any organisation. Strong passwords (including multi-factor authentication) are critical to securing sensitive company data, and employees must be trained to create, organise and protect their passwords.
1. Creating and managing passwords
One of the most critical aspects of password protection is to create strong passwords and multi-factor authentication where possible.
2. Using 1Password as a password management tool
We use 1Password internally after trialling many competitors, so we know it works well!
1Password is a password manager application that helps users securely store and manage their passwords and other sensitive information. The application works by encrypting user data with a master password and storing it in a digital "vault." which offers features like automatic browser login filling, password generation, and security auditing to help users stay secure online.
3. Staff education and awareness
Employees should be educated on how to keep their passwords safe.
The Australian government's site, https://cyber.gov.au, includes incredible resources to help formulate a policy for your team specific to your organisation. Every organisation should have a comprehensive ICT or cyber-protection policy, which needs to be known and signed by all employees in line with your organisation's ICT provider's recommendations. If your provider doesn't support you in formulating or upholding this policy, making a change is in your best interest.
4. Best practice for sharing passwords if you really need to
It is not recommended to share passwords with others as it can compromise the security of your personal information. When you share your passwords, you are essentially giving someone access to your private accounts and sensitive information, which can lead to identity theft, fraud, and other security breaches. Instead of sharing passwords, it's always better to use secure communication channels and tools like Privnote, which allows you to send encrypted messages that self-destruct after being read, ensuring that the information is only accessible to the intended recipient and can't be intercepted or viewed by anyone else. This way, you can communicate sensitive information securely without sharing passwords or compromising your online security.
Do you need help stabilising or managing the security and infrastructure within your organisation?
In today's digital age, cyber threats and data breaches have become common occurrences. As a result, businesses and organisations of all sizes need to focus on stabilising their cybersecurity and ICT infrastructure to prevent these threats from causing major disruptions to their operations. However, with the constantly evolving nature of cyber threats and the complex IT systems organisations use, staying on top of these issues alone can be challenging. This is why seeking help from a qualified ICT, and cybersecurity professional can make all the difference. Experts like Tech Help Direct help businesses implement effective security measures, provide training to employees to prevent human error, and monitor systems for any potential threats or vulnerabilities. By taking proactive steps to stabilise their cybersecurity and IT infrastructure, organisations can protect their sensitive data, minimize the risk of downtime, and ensure the smooth functioning of their operations.
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