CEO Comments On 44 Million Microsoft Users Reused Passwords In Q1 2019

Microsoft’s threat research team has scanned all Microsoft user accounts and found that 44 million were using usernames and passwords that have been leaked online following security breaches at other online services.


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Stuart Sharp, VP of Solution Engineering,  OneLogin
December 09, 2019
Multi-Factor Authentication is no longer just security best practice, but a core necessity to corporate and personal applications alike.
Password reuse is a massive problem and this scan only highlights the severity of the situation. Whether knowingly or unknowingly, people are using compromised credentials to access sensitive personal and corporate data, putting organisations and individuals at risk of disastrous attacks from bad actors. Multi-Factor Authentication is no longer just security best practice, but a core necessity to ....
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Gavin Millard , VP of intelligence ,  Tenable
December 09, 2019
Password reuse and single factor authentication is one of the largest cybersecurity issues we face today.
Password reuse and single factor authentication is one of the largest cybersecurity issues we face today. Frustratingly no matter how easy password managers make storing and using complex passwords for online services, or the option to add a second authentication mechanism – such as an SMS code sent to a mobile device, adoption is still woefully low. As individuals, we need to change our mindse ....
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Robert Ramsden Board, VP EMEA ,  Securonix
December 09, 2019
Two-Factor authentication can help tackle the risk posed by password reuse.
In today’s cybersecurity landscape, it couldn’t be truer to say that passwords are the weakest link. We need to create several versions of them, make them hard to guess and commit them to memory. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that password reuse is so rampant. Two-Factor authentication can help tackle the risk posed by password reuse. However, organisations and users should explore alte ....
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Eoin Keary, CEO and Cofounder,  Edgescan
December 09, 2019
Solutions such as multi-factor authentication help solve the password reuse issue.
Why do people reuse passwords? Because they have way too many to remember. Work passwords, utilities, banking, laptop account logins etc etc. How can an average person remember so many? Furthermore, a regular user does not use a password vault or storage solution, regardless of the recommendations. The rub with password reuse across many services is that if one service is breached, the disclosed ....
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Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate,  KnowBe4
December 08, 2019
It is so important to educate and raise awareness among users as to the dangers of reusing credentials and how it can lead to account takeovers.
When we look at the sheer number of different services and apps that people use and require signing up for, it is little surprise that people reuse credentials. It's why it is so important to educate and raise awareness among users as to the dangers of reusing credentials and how it can lead to account takeovers. Once people understand the risks, they can then make informed decisions to better pro ....
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Ilia Kolochenko, Founder and CEO,  ImmuniWeb
December 07, 2019
Two (2FA) and Multi Factor Authentication (MFA) can considerably reduce those risks.
As with the recent HackerOne incident, humans remain the weakest link in every organization. Microsoft’s campaign to augment account security serves as a great example to other vendors. In light of billions of valid passwords being sold on the Dark Web, password reuse attacks are super-efficient today. Worse, even the largest technology companies are often toothless to protect their customers fr ....
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