Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Endpoint

7/24/2014
11:00 AM
Dark Reading
Dark Reading
Products and Releases
50%
50%

IT Security Pros Surveyed: Poor password management leaves accounts open to attack

Lieberman Software survey reveals security professionals don't practice what they preach when it comes to passwords

 LOS ANGELES – July 23, 2014 - IT security professionals are gambling with the security of their organizations by failing to update important service and process accountpasswords on a regular basis, with almost 15 percent admitting to either never updating passwords or only updating them annually, a survey from Lieberman Software Corporation revealed.

 The company’s2014 Information Security Survey which was carried out at a major global IT security event earlier this year, studied the attitudes of nearly 280 IT security professionals and also revealed that nine percent of organizations update their service and process account passwords on a six monthly basis, 53 percent update them on a quarterly basis, 21 percent update them on a monthly basis and only 1.5 percent update them on a daily basis.

 In response to the findings, Philip Lieberman, noted cybersecurity expert and president of Lieberman Software, said, “As more and more security breaches are being uncovered, organizations should be taking a much more stringent approach at securing passwords. The defense and government industries, which are a very high target for cybercriminals, have come to realize that in order to improve security, passwords need to be changed on an hourly basis. If passwords only get updated on a monthly or quarterly basis, think about the damage a cybercriminal can do in that time -- one to three months of unlimited access into an organization’s critical systems? They could literally walk away with everything.”

 In addition, half of the respondents of the survey who admitted to never updating service and process account passwords revealed that the reason for this was out of fear that changing passwords couldpotentially cause outages and downtime.

 Commenting on these findings Lieberman said, “The organizations that choose not to update service and process account passwords because they are worried about causing outages, and believe the consequences of a cyber attack would be less severe than downtime, obviously do not understand how damaging a cyber attack can be and this points out a very worrying lack of awareness. The other respondents who admitted to never updating passwords, but didn’t cite network downtime as the reason, are playing with fire. Any organization that doesn’t update their service account passwords, or only updates them on an annual basis, quite frankly doesn’t understand the importance of these systems.”

 The full survey report is available at: http://go.liebsoft.com/Information-Security-Survey-2014

 About Lieberman Software Corporation

Lieberman Software provides award-winning privilege management products to more than 1200 enterprise customers worldwide, including nearly half of the Fortune 50. By automatically locating, securing and continuously auditing privileged identities, both on-premises and in the cloud, Lieberman Software helps protect access to systems with sensitive data, thereby reducing internal and external security vulnerabilities, improving IT productivity and helping ensure regulatory compliance. The company developed the first solution for the privilege management space, and its products, including Enterprise Random Password Manager (ERPM), continue to lead the market. Lieberman Software also provides a mature line of Windows security management tools. The company is headquartered in Los Angeles, CA, with offices and channel partners located around the world.

 For more information, visit www.liebsoft.com.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
itsec9987
50%
50%
itsec9987,
User Rank: Apprentice
7/25/2014 | 11:29:19 AM
RoboForm Password Manager
I recommend a password manager such as RoboForm to regularly update passwords.
Why Cyber-Risk Is a C-Suite Issue
Marc Wilczek, Digital Strategist & CIO Advisor,  11/12/2019
DevSecOps: The Answer to the Cloud Security Skills Gap
Lamont Orange, Chief Information Security Officer at Netskope,  11/15/2019
Unreasonable Security Best Practices vs. Good Risk Management
Jack Freund, Director, Risk Science at RiskLens,  11/13/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Navigating the Deluge of Security Data
In this Tech Digest, Dark Reading shares the experiences of some top security practitioners as they navigate volumes of security data. We examine some examples of how enterprises can cull this data to find the clues they need.
Flash Poll
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Rethinking Enterprise Data Defense
Frustrated with recurring intrusions and breaches, cybersecurity professionals are questioning some of the industrys conventional wisdom. Heres a look at what theyre thinking about.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-19012
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-17
An integer overflow in the search_in_range function in regexec.c in Oniguruma 6.x before 6.9.4_rc2 leads to an out-of-bounds read, in which the offset of this read is under the control of an attacker. (This only affects the 32-bit compiled version). Remote attackers can cause a denial-of-service or ...
CVE-2019-19022
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-17
iTerm2 through 3.3.6 has potentially insufficient documentation about the presence of search history in com.googlecode.iterm2.plist, which might allow remote attackers to obtain sensitive information, as demonstrated by searching for the NoSyncSearchHistory string in .plist files within public Git r...
CVE-2019-19035
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-17
jhead 3.03 is affected by: heap-based buffer over-read. The impact is: Denial of service. The component is: ReadJpegSections and process_SOFn in jpgfile.c. The attack vector is: Open a specially crafted JPEG file.
CVE-2019-19011
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-17
MiniUPnP ngiflib 0.4 has a NULL pointer dereference in GifIndexToTrueColor in ngiflib.c via a file that lacks a palette.
CVE-2019-19010
PUBLISHED: 2019-11-16
Eval injection in the Math plugin of Limnoria (before 2019.11.09) and Supybot (through 2018-05-09) allows remote unprivileged attackers to disclose information or possibly have unspecified other impact via the calc and icalc IRC commands.