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Joe Stanganelli
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8/22/2016 | 9:59:27 PM
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@vnewman2: Of course, regular people have known this for quite some time anyway.  Once staff starts considering the dictates of the IT department ridiculous and accordingly holds the IT department in low regard and disrespect, then no amount of policy can save you.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/22/2016 | 9:57:42 PM
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@tjgkg: I can certainly wait on biometrics.  I mean, don't get me wrong, multifactor is well and good.  But biometrics alone?  You only have ten fingers and ten toes -- compared to the number of possible passwords there are out there.
Joe Stanganelli
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8/22/2016 | 9:56:21 PM
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@tjgkg: Recent research has shown that mandating regular password changes actually decreases and lowers security -- particularly because people tend to pick similar passwords.  Consequently, if a password gets compromised, it may not be difficult to guess what the changed password is -- particularly if multiple samples are available/compromised.

Plus, anything that makes people hate the IT department is just going to wind up causing more harm than good as people find ways around the rules and protocols.
jastroff
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8/10/2016 | 1:40:03 PM
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Your firm should hire Kalinda who out did the ransome guy --

but that's only on tv...
vnewman2
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8/10/2016 | 12:51:54 PM
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You know ransomware is an issue when they talk about it on the "Good Wife."

We did a security presentation to our executive committee which had all sorts of fun-facts about the systems and software we deploy to detect and prevent threats to our network.  We also included a short video clip from the "Good Wife" depicting a ransomware attack. 

The feedback we received after?  "I loved the video!"
vnewman2
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8/10/2016 | 12:23:23 PM
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Probably not many and if they do, they probably have them saved in an excel spreadsheet somewhere which is much worse. 
tjgkg
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8/10/2016 | 9:05:14 AM
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I wonder how many people radically change their passwords when required. Most folks just change a letter or number so it is easy to remember. Maybe those that change it from something strong to something easier as time goes on are the ones that compromise their systems. Can't wait for the biometric password systems to become more prevalent.
vnewman2
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8/9/2016 | 12:07:49 PM
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Funny how we've been indoctinated to think changing our passwords are for our own good.  Only for the FTC to recently reverse their stance on it claiming the act often results in the creations of passwords that are much easier to crack or guess.

'Unless there is reason to believe a password has been compromised or shared, requiring regular password changes may actually do more harm than good in some cases.'
tjgkg
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8/9/2016 | 11:26:25 AM
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Make sure you have antivirus and firewall software installed on your pc, then.....

Keep your anti-virus definitions updated.

Keep your firewall updated.

Make sure you have backups on the cloud and on media.

 
tjgkg
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8/9/2016 | 11:23:15 AM
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That is an interesting policy. First time I have heard of it. An additional safeguard for company passwords is to require them to be changed on a periodic basis. Our company does that. It drives me crazy but I have not had any problems. Plus it is good exercise for the brain.
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