Moving beyond passwords

Monday, 8 December 2003, 2:56 PM EST

Since the early days of terminal-based computing in the 1960s, agencies controlled access to mainframe systems through passwords. This was usually true whether the system had a classified weapons database or a cafeteria lunch menu.

If security requirements were high, agency officials would use other tactics. They might create stricter password policies, such as replacing expired ones every month, or they might use physical access controls, such as placing the terminal in a locked room or beyond a security checkpoint.

Yet both approaches have problems. Studies show that as password policies become more complex, users are more prone to write passwords down, compromising security. And although a locked door certainly offers some protection, it limits users to specific machines in specific locations.

[ Read more ]

Related items




Spotlight

eBook: Cybersecurity for Dummies

Posted on 16 December 2014.  |  APTs have changed the world of enterprise security and how networks and organizations are attacked. These threats, and the cybercriminals behind them, are experts at remaining hidden from traditional security while exhibiting an intelligence, resiliency, and patience that has never been seen before.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  
DON'T
MISS

Wed, Dec 17th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //