Password security policies are a set of rules designed to improve computer security through the use of strong, regularly changing passwords on every account. Since many malware attacks gain access to networks through weak or blank passwords, utilizing good password security policies is a simple, cost effective method any business can use to improve security. For example, Microsoft recently announced that Conficker, a four year old piece of malware that spreads by guessing weak or commonly used passwords, still infected 1.7 million systems in Q4 2011 and was continuing to propagate.
The top scoring password vulnerabilities affecting small business networks include blank or easily guessed credentials for SSH, Telnet, Oracle TNS listener and Windows administrative logins.
“Using default and blank passwords is like leaving the keys in your car and the doors unlocked. Good password security doesn’t cost anything, it just requires consistent effort and it’s one of the most effective things you can do to protect your business from cyber criminals,” stated Andrew Storms, director of security operations for nCircle.
nCircle PureCloud detects weak or blank passwords and is available now. Pricing starts $49 for unlimited scanning of an individual computer for one year, volume discounts apply. You can scan one computer and receive in-depth security reports free through May 31, 2012. Find out more about PureCloud here: https://purecloud.ncircle.com or call (415) 625-5930. nCircle is accepting PureCloud partner inquiries.
nCircle is the leading provider of information risk and security performance management solutions to more than 6,500 businesses and government agencies worldwide. nCircle solutions enable enterprises of all sizes to (1) automate compliance and reduce risk, and (2) measure and compare the performance of their IT security program with their own goals and industry peers. nCircle solutions may be deployed on a customer’s premises, as a cloud-based service, or in combination, for maximum flexibility and value.
nCircle has won numerous awards for growth, innovation, customer satisfaction and technology leadership and has been ranked among the top 100 best places to work in the San Francisco Bay Area. nCircle is headquartered in San Francisco, CA, with regional offices throughout the United States and in London and Toronto. To learn how you can more effectively protect your company visit us at http://www.ncircle.com.