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Conclusion: Passwords will continue to be part of the landscape for the foreseeable future. Organisations, driven by the concepts of defence in depth, must implement techniques that enhance the security of the authentication process. Both products and processes can be enabled or added to help secure the creation, use and storage of passwords.
Each of the techniques mentioned can be used on their own to enrich the security. Some or all of them can be combined to further build the security. Most of them have little associated costs apart from deployment and perhaps training, but the cumulative impact on the robustness of the authentication process is significant.
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Conclusion: People are and will be using passwords for the foreseeable future despite the numerous efforts underway to dispense with them. Managing them and particularly resetting them are ongoing costs for organisations.
Passwords are also a significant contributor to breaches. They are either captured during credential-grabbing efforts, leaked in a data breach or just too easy to guess.
Yet there are excellent guidelines in existence to assist people to minimise the possibility of passwords being cracked or guessed. Some involve implementing good policies, and most involve making it easier for users to create, remember and use passwords.
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