Password Policy: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Authors: Wayne C. Summers, Edward Bosworth

Date: 2004
Publication: Proceedings of the Winter International Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies
Page(s): 1 - 6
Publisher: ACM
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Abstract or Summary:
"We're secure! We use passwords!" How many of us have heard this claim? Or even -- "We're secure! We have a password policy!" Using a password or having a password policy in today's world of computing is not enough. Passwords provide a first line of defense in most cases, but there is much more. "A recent survey by Rainbow Technologies Inc. indicates that the use of insecure passwords can be costly -- and potentially risky -- for corporate data. "[Rosencrance] This paper focuses on the use of passwords and password policy and looks at the good, the bad and the ugly scenarios that arise. Note: Summers and Bosworth don't really bring any new research to the table with their paper, but they do a decent job of summarizing the problems with passwords and offering some tips you can transform into policies within your organization.

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