Sword & Shield Releases White Paper on Future of Passwords

Future of passwordsNational cybersecurity firm discusses the future of password management, including the push for more user-friendly policies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. Sept. 12, 2017 – Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, a leading national cybersecurity firm based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has released a white paper, “The Future of Passwords: Perspectives for Enterprises.”

Available now at https://www.swordshield.com/password-guidelines-white-paper, the white paper highlights the latest National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) digital identity guidelines and the push to reduce increasingly complicated password requirements in favor of more user-friendly policies.

“The way we’ve been approaching password security over time has created a process that is ultimately too complex for the people using the passwords, and too easy for computers to decipher,” said John McNeely, president and CEO of Sword & Shield Enterprise Security. “The result has created headaches for users and an overall limited security effectiveness for businesses.”

McNeely said the new NIST guidelines call for more relaxed compositional requirements and place more of the burden of password validation on software verification.

In addition to explaining the latest NIST guidelines, the white paper also focuses on password composition, security questions, on- and offline attacks, and multi-factor authentication.

“The goal of incorporating these new standards into your business’ security protocol is to make the lives of your employees easier while also increasing your organization’s security,” McNeely said. “That being said, password security is just part of what should be an overall layered approach to your information security. Whether you’re compliance driven or security driven, building effective protection strategies takes a balanced risk management approach.”

To download the Future of Passwords white paper in its entirety, visit https://www.swordshield.com/resources/white-papers/password-guidelines-white-paper.

About Sword & Shield Enterprise Security

Protecting critical data for 20 years, Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, Inc. is a nationally recognized cybersecurity provider with solutions designed to meet the needs of a dynamic security and compliance landscape. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Sword & Shield specializes in security, risk and compliance assessment, managed security services, enterprise security consulting, security incident response and forensics, and technical solutions. Sword & Shield services a broad spectrum of industries, including healthcare, retail, legal, banking and finance, manufacturing, and the public sector.

For more information about Sword & Shield Enterprise Security, visit https://www.swordshield.com/.

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