An overwhelming amount of cyberattacks are caused by weak passwords that are easily cracked by hackers. Unfortunately, employees aren't always aware of this, but using a password management service can remove both the burden and risk.

Does my business need a password manager?

The data security risk inside your business

When it comes to creating new passwords, it’s tempting to choose one simple password and stick with it.

However, this poses a huge cyber threat: if your password is simple, it’s easy for hackers to gain access to any of your online accounts, and if you’ve used it several times, they suddenly have access to all of your accounts.

Often, employees use poor password etiquette across professional accounts as well as personal ones. In other words, if you have no password policy in place, your business is at significant risk of data breaches.

The dilemma is that it’s really difficult to have strong, unique passwords for each of our accounts when we have to remember so many. That’s where a password manager can come in handy.

 

The threat is much greater closer to home

With many businesses flexibly working from home, our change in environment has led to a change in behaviour from employees, whose guards have dropped. Being in our ‘safe space’ can cause business owners and their team members to be less vigilant in regard to online security. This, along with the lack of awareness or education around password security, means that businesses are sitting on ticking timebombs when it comes to being the next victim of a password-related data breach.

Some businesses feel they don’t need a password manager for their staff as they believe that it will only be used to store a small number of easy-to-remember passwords by a select group of people.

In reality, each person has access to around 70-100 password-accessible accounts these days, and with many staff now using online tools for their job, just about every employee across all departments now uses some form of online login for their role. When employees reuse the same passwords across several accounts (professionally and personally), the risks associated with poor password hygiene start to become clearer to business owners.

Another factor is that business owners are unaware that 90% of employee passwords can be cracked in under six hours. Considering that almost half of employees don’t change passwords when requested (and 80% of those who do only reuse old passwords), it’s clear that the threat is much closer to home than you first realised!

Furthermore, if an employee’s personal password has been used as a business-related password, organised cybercriminals can use social networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, or Instagram to identify where they are employed, potentially helping them infiltrate your organisation.

 

Keeping you safe with Keeper Security’s password manager

As a Managed Service Provider (MSP) and Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), Air IT has an in-house Security Operations Centre (SOC) that can provide education, training, and new security policies to ensure the risk of bad habits and poor password creation is eradicated from your business.

We are pleased to be able to provide our clients with the leading password management solution provided by Keeper Security.

What are the benefits of Keeper and Air IT’s password manager?

With a password manager, you can generate and store high-strength, unique passwords for each of your accounts, and automatically populate them on websites or applications with no need to recall them yourself.

With military-grade security, Keeper provides businesses with a zero-knowledge platform that is simple and flexible to use, yet highly sophisticated. Combined with Air IT’s award-winning and responsive support, you can rest safely in the knowledge that your business stays protected with our cyber security services and state-of-the-art technology.

As experts in cyber security, we can educate your team and will advise them on the dangers of weak and reused passwords, whilst providing you with an advanced password management solution to safeguard your entire organisation.

 

Keep your business secure with Password Management

At Air IT, we take cyber security seriously and we believe you should too! We’re CREST certified and a registered Certification Body for the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme. We’ve also met the highest standards required for ISO 27001 information security management, and with the increased threat of data breaches, we consider password security to be a business-critical requirement for every organisation.

For more information about our Password Management service in partnership with Keeper, please get in touch to discuss your password security needs. Please contact us on 0115 880 0044 or complete the enquiry form linked below.

 

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