Long Live the Password – Even if You Don’t Want It to (Security Intelligence)


The problem with passwords is they do not scale. An individual could have hundreds of passwords while privileged users could have upward of thousands of passwords. Without a system in place to manage authentication secrets, users most likely will resort to using just a handful of passwords to protect a large number of accounts. This leads to a serious problem: If ever a server or website with minimal security is breached and passwords are exposed, then those stolen passwords can be used to access the compromised platform and a plethora of other accounts.