This is an ongoing problem year after year, even with all the credentials-related cyber crime that leads our news headlines. Awareness is not hampering habit. Fast, easy access and speed in getting things done takes precedence over following standard security protocol. People simply just do not practice good password hygiene and this is problematic for the Enterprises and organizations that employ them.
Companies need to take proactive measures to monitor the underground communities where credentials and IP are sold, traded and dumped. IdTheft companies can help people monitor their credentials and PII to protect against identity theft, account takeover and other crimes.
Despite the majority of consumers being afraid of having their personal data compromised by a breach, employees are still continuing to engage in risky behavior. OpenVPN surveyed 500 U.S. full-time employees about their cybersecurity habits to pinpoint areas of weakness that could potentially harm their organization and found 25 percent of them reuse the same password for everything while 23 percent admit to very frequently clicking on links before verifying they lead to a website they intended to visit. Regardless of the advancements in cybersecurity training researchers found employees are by and large creating passwords they can easily remember, resulting in weak security that hackers can bypass with brute force attacks. The weaknesses are passed on to other networks creating more vulnerabilities when individuals use those same weak password to protect multiple portals risking both their personal and work information.