Author Stuart Barker
Remember: Passwords are like underwear …Change them often and don’t share them!
I know you’ve heard this over and over again, but it’s the simplest and most effective ways to prevent your information falling into the wrong hands. Having the same password for many areas of your life is like having a single key to open your house, your car, your business.
- Instead of using one word consider a phrase or a line from a song
- Include those pesky special characters such as numbers and punctuation, examples @ ! –
- Have different passwords for different websites
- Never share your password
- Change your password often
ISO 27001 and Password Management
ISO 27001 is the International Standard for Information Security. Meeting the requirements of ISO 27001 certification, indeed meeting Cyber Essentials certification, will require having effective password management in place. You will need an effect ISO 27001 policy document that sets out how you will approach password management and an effective, audited, process in place.
What ISO 27001 says about passwords
ISO 27001 section A.9.4 discusses the use of System and application access control. The ISO 27001 Objective is to prevent unauthorised access to systems and applications.
Consider A.9.4.3 Password management system that relates to the the fact that password management systems shall be interactive and shall ensure quality passwords.
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