For the vast majority of us, email provides the central hub for our personal and professional internet activities. Unfortunately, as cybersecurity experts (and the growing number of breach victims worldwide) know too well, this means that our email accounts are lucrative targets for malicious hackers.
The frightening reality of our increasingly interconnected and digitized corporate landscape is that anyone—from multi-billion dollar enterprises to humble SMBs—can fall victim to cyber crime. Regardless of your company’s size and profit margins, no business can afford the financial and reputational damage that follows a data breach.
In our current digital age, safeguarding online account credentials is a critical cybersecurity measure for individual end users and businesses alike. If you want to improve your security posture and protect your sensitive data from malicious hackers, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with two-step and two-factor authentication.
In 2003 the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) authored a document on password best practices for businesses, federal agencies, and academic institutions. Recently, however, the institute has reversed its stance on what makes for truly secure password practices.