Your MSP business is going to encounter a lot of clients who have terrible password management protocols. Many clients just try to think of something easily memorable. As it turns out, en masse, people are surprisingly unoriginal. There are some common password configurations out there. This makes it easy for hackers to crack a system’s security without any struggling so to speak. Part of your duty as an MSP is to acquaint clients with effective password protocols, and one of the best ways to do that successfully is to ensure your own operations are professionally safeguarded.
Several notable strategies to help you design effective passwords include:
- Regularly changing passwords
- Including characters, numbers, letters, and capitals
- Using password creation tools
Regular Password Changes
You want to continuously update your passwords. This can be done at weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly intervals. It is generally best to do this as regularly as is operationally sustainable.
Characters, Numbers, Letters, and Capitals
The more complicated a password is, the less likely it is for a hacker to guess it. You still have to avoid regular configurations though. For example, ‘Password123!’ is easy to crack. What you need is something that is at least eight characters long or even more if possible. Additionally, it needs to be unique— something someone would not guess. Thinking up combinations is admittedly tricky sometimes, and that is why now there are password creation tools available to help you through the process securely.
Notable Password Creation Tools
Your MSP business should acquire password creation tools and provide them to clients. Some notable tools include:
- Sticky Password
- Password Safe
Each of these has its pros and cons. Sticky Password uses military-grade encryption to help provide secure passwords. LastPass creates a digital vault on your web browser in which it keeps passwords securely, allowing you to safeguard operations conveniently without having to worry about constantly typing in a password that changes every week. This system can automatically change and store passwords, allowing you secure access.
KeePass lets you store passwords in a database that is strongly encrypted. Dashlane is intuitive and easy to use, while Password Safe acts as a safe for your passwords, and has no real frills defining it. It is what it is, and it does what it does.
These are just a few of the most well-known password creation, protection, and storage tools available on the market. What you need to do is find which ones compliment your MSP. Additionally, you can provide access to these services to clients, or you can manage password security for your clients and advance the process with such password creation and storage tools. Choose whatever is most convenient.
Certainly, passwords are only one aspect of vulnerability. However, they are the path of least resistance, and very vulnerable. There are increasingly more creative ways of securing systems and this is especially important in the cloud era. With the Internet of Things (IoT), Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), and cloud computing, there are increased opportunities for penetration. There are also increased opportunities for security, like multi-phase security. You sign into a system, and the system sends a code to a second device like a smartphone. The user of the smartphone then inputs the code for network access. This is a conjunction of IoT, cloud, and BYOD tech, as accessing the network remotely on a personal device would not necessarily be an example of BYOD.
Technology Marches On
The greatest challenge here is that every security solution solved is quickly eclipsed by some new means of penetration developed by a cyber-criminal. Technology is developing quickly, and reaping its benefits requires concerted effort. BYOD can save you thousands a month or maybe even an hour on your company’s infrastructure. However, if it is not properly implemented, it can be that which undermines an entire company. This is important to both your MSP business and your clients, as you will be using a mixture of the latest technologies and password protection strategies in daily operations. So, ensure that you have the best in terms of protection solutions.