The newest big problem with data security is the same as the old big problem with data security. Itâ€™s the users. Specifically, itâ€™s the fact that most people donâ€™t bother to change their passwords more than once a year, if that frequently.
Data security is a major headache for all business owners, no matter the size of your company.
You can spend hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars on a top-notch, state of the art system, and still watch it all come tumbling down around you because someone used a dead-simple password or didnâ€™t bother to change it periodically.
How bad is this new/old problem?
According to the most recent survey, fully 53% of users only change their passwords one a year or less. More than a quarter only change them when a system administrator instructs them to.
This is crazy, especially in light of the rapid increase in major security breaches in recent years. With all the high-profile hacks, often affecting hundreds of millions, if not billions of users at a time, youâ€™d think that the message would have sunk in by now. Password security matters. Itâ€™s important. Itâ€™s your first, best line of defense against a major security breach, and none of that seems to matter. Users just arenâ€™t responding.
Itâ€™s uncertain whether this is an education issue, or something else. At this point, it could come down to simple apathy. Since most users wonâ€™t be personally impacted by the consequences of a breach, thereâ€™s limited interest in working to prevent one.
To date, no one has come up with a good solution to this problem. But, based on the statistics, you can be almost certain that a significant portion of your workforce hasnâ€™t changed their passwords in a while, and many of them are likely using passwords that would be childâ€™s play for a hacker to work out.
That puts your company at risk, and itâ€™s a ticking time bomb.