Today is World Password Day! World Password Day falls on the first Thursday in May each year and is intended to raise awareness of password best practices and the need for strong passwords. It seems like we all have even more passwords with each passing year, though, and there are some conflicting ideas of what password best practices are, which makes the idea of password security more challenging for the average individual.

The Need for…or Death of…Passwords

The idea of passwords and the need for effective authentication methods is not new. It was 15 years ago at the 2004 RSA Security Conference that Bill Gates—then CEO of Microsoft—predicted the demise of passwords. “There is no doubt that over time, people are going to rely less and less on passwords. People use the same password on different systems, they write them down and they just don't meet the challenge for anything you really want to secure."

While Gates’ general observations were—and are—true, it seems like password usage has actually increased and the issues with passwords continue. “Despite daily headlines of data breaches, people continue to use unsavory security practices by using their favorite bands or loved ones as their password,” proclaimed Juliette Rizkallah, CMO of SailPoint. “Just this month, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre published a list of the Maryland Cyber Events: 100,000 most commonly breached passwords worldwide. Not surprisingly, ‘123456’ was the most frequently hacked password. ‘Ashley’ was the most widely breached name with almost half a million compromises and as I mentioned earlier, ‘Blink-182’ also made the list with nearly 300,000 breached accounts.”



05.08.2019,  5:30-7:30 p.m.
MD Cyber Meetup: Fireside Chat with Matthew Dunlop, VP, CISO, Under Armour & Lt. Col. John Agnello, US Cyber Command

Booz Allen Hamilton, 304 Sentinel Dr, Annapolis Junction, MD


Cybersecurity trends in 2019


Cyberattacks to watch for in 2019

A new report examines eight key threat areas, including water utility targeting and Internet of Things Devices. 


Homeland Security starts with Hometown Security


"DHS provides free tools and resources to communities because the Department recognizes that communities are the first line of defense in keeping the public safe and secure. The Department encourages businesses to Connect, Plan, Train, and Report. Applying these four steps in advance of an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities." DHS states:

"CONNECT: Reach out and develop relationships in your community, including local law enforcement. Having these relationships established before an incident occurs can help speed up the response when something happens. 

PLAN: Take the time now to plan on how you will handle a security event should one occur. Learn from other events to inform your plans. 

TRAIN: Provide your employees with training resources and exercise your plans often. The best laid plans must be exercised in order to be effective.  

REPORT:  'If You See Something, Say Something™” is more than just a slogan. Call local law enforcement.' "