Better Passwords and Policies

Contributed by David Patten

Everyday press releases cover information security breaches from many top companies. Often these breaches include releasing the passwords that were stolen. Sadly, these passwords are usually trivial to crack which leads to further exploitation. Simple passwords are a problem that is created by both human nature and by poor password policies and training. This paper will look at the tools used to crack passwords, the passwords users create, password policies, and look at some creative and innovate solutions to the password problem.

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