Thought the days of using “password” as your password were long gone? Well, according to Tech Republic’s Alison DeNisco Rayome, at least 10 % of IT leaders STILL use “password” or “qwerty” as their passwords (insert forehead slap emoji here). According to a survey released today, conducted by SailPoint and Vanson Bourne, more than half of IT decision makers surveyed admitted to using the same passwords for both work and personal accounts and 10% claimed they still use simple passwords like “password” or “qwerty”.
Additionally, 32% claimed they use family members names, 28% use pet’s names, and 20% use a favorite location, while another 20% use a favorite sports team or player (Go Broncos!)
Why is this so significant? Because research has found that of companies that have fallen victim to a cyberattack, 100% of the time a password was leveraged at some point in the malicious campaign. This means that employees still remain the highest cause of company data breaches, and that trend shows no signs of slowing.
Check out the original report, and video, at Tech Republic.