Even with new technologies abound, we’ve come to rely on passwords as our primary means of managing access to systems, applications and data. In reality, passwords are our first—and in most cases, only—line of defense when it comes to protecting against unauthorized access, misuse and theft.
Ronald Reagan famously said "The most terrifying words in the English language are: I'm from the government and I'm here to help" and he was right, especially when the IRS is involved. That said, occasionally a government agency does help and a recent document published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) clears up a topic that really matters to all of us: How to passwords should be built.
When a company suffers a malware attack, the effects are widespread. Just how far, you ask? To help answer this question, expert Brian Laing explores this topic both far and wide.