Blog by: CyberArk
When creating a new password, you know the drill – it must be at least eight characters long, contain special characters and avoid sequential characters or be based on dictionary words. Although these requirements can be a pain in the neck and seriously hamper end user experience, they are not a sign of officious IT security teams. Instead, they are a necessary evil in modern enterprises because password cracking remains a viable vector for threat actors, and passwords are some of the most vulnerable targets for attackers.
By obtaining valid password credentials, attackers can stealthily infiltrate systems, escalate their privileges to an administrator or superuser level and wreak havoc on an organization’s security, reputation and bottom line.
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