Passwords Case Study

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Employees are an important asset of any organization. In today’s digital world, employees must be educated on the important of security and how they can protect their organization’s information systems data. To do this, user access and identity must be managed properly to control the risks associated with confidential information and user data falling into the wrong hands. One way to manage user access is by using passwords to establish a user 's identity to gain access.
History of Passwords
Passwords have existed since ancient times long before the digital evolution began. In ancient history, they were referred to as watchwords, or words and phrases used to identify a friend or enemy. Polybius, a Greek historian, wrote about the use of these watchwords in military ranks. He described an example watchword as "a wooden tablet with the word inscribed on it". A soldier would receive the watchword, "[take] his leave, and on returning to his quarters passes on the watchword and tablet before witnesses to the commander of
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Users probably create a new account every couple of days. Each one likely requires a laundry list of password requirements: 6 – 20 characters, lowercase and uppercase letters, numbers and special characters, must not include words found in the dictionary, and so on and so forth. A recent study noted that 46% of survey respondents keep track of 10 or more passwords (Barker). It’s no wonder that users who have trouble in their experience will often ignore password guidelines and use the same password for every website or application they use, share passwords with others, or worse yet, write their passwords down and leave them in plain sight. 74% of US and UK users log into six or more applications or websites per day, but only 41% or respondents employ six or more different passwords for each one

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