Passwords are an important aspect of security since poorly chosen passwords could result in unauthorized access to company resources. Implementing password management best practices ensures that users adhere to a set of guidelines for creating and protecting their passwords. Typical components of a password policy should define:
Password length and strength
Common password practice
Enforce the following standard practices for creating strong, complex passwords:
Do not create a password that contains the user name, employee name, or family names.
Do not select passwords that are easy to guess.
Do not create passwords that contain a consecutive string of numbers such as 12345.
Do not create passwords that contain a word or string that is easily discovered by a simple Internet search.
Do not allow users to reuse the same password across multiple systems.
Do not allow users to reuse old passwords.
Change passwords on a regular basis. This helps to prevent malicious activity and ensures that passwords adhere to current password policies.