Security experts have once again pointed out that it’s almost 2023 and we’re still holding on to the password (opens in new tab) as our number one cybersecurity measure.
Despite a steady stream of headlines about companies suffering huge losses due to poor cyber hygiene practices, most employees are still careless with their sensitive data, sharing it with other people or simply keeping it for all to see.
Research by Yubico, which surveyed more than 16,000 employees across industries and eight countries, found that over half (59%) still use usernames and passwords as their primary authentication method.
The company’s 2022 State of Global Enterprise Authentication Survey found that not only do people primarily rely on passwords, but 54% admit to writing down or sharing their passwords.
At the same time, nearly a quarter (22%) believe passwords are the most secure authentication method. More than half (54%) said they don’t need to take regular cybersecurity training, while 57% admitted to using a corporate device for personal matters.
To be honest, some are aware of the dangers of over-reliance on passwords. Nearly two-thirds (61%) think their organization should move to multi-factor authentication, rising for four in five (79%) vice presidents.
Nowadays, many companies are taking on the challenge of authentication and trying to send the passwords to the eternal hunting grounds and move on to better things. Earlier this year in June, Apple introduced the Passkey, a new authentication method described by Darin Adler as “a next-generation credential that’s more secure, easier to use, and aims to replace passwords for good.”
Passkeys use “powerful cryptographic techniques and device-built biometrics” to protect accounts, Adler explained, while users simply need to use TouchID or FaceID to authenticate to a new web app, mobile app, or service. to create them a master key.
Earlier this month, Microsoft introduced a new feature in Windows 11 that warns users when they enter their passwords in certain apps, such as Notepad.
https://www.techradar.com/news/many-businesses-are-still-just-using-passwords-to-stay-safe Many businesses are still just using passwords to stay safe