Guest Post: World Password Day & The Importance Of Good Password Hygiene

By Don Boxley, CEO and Co-Founder, DH2i (www.dh2i.com)

The importance of good hygiene was a familiar discussion point over the past year and is likely to remain so into the foreseeable future. With World Password Day coming up on May 6, we are reminded that good password hygiene is an essential way for businesses and individual users to protect the health of their data; especially in light of the FBI estimated 4,000 ransomware attacks being carried out on a daily basis. With the approaching World Password Day in mind, Don Boxley, CEO and Co-Founder of DH2i, would like to offer the following thoughts: 

“While few would argue the necessity of choosing a strong password, many continue to ignore (or perhaps are unaware) how best to do so and instead choose the types of easy-to-guess, predictable passwords that have plagued data security since the beginning of digital login credentials. However, the truth is that when it comes to data security, even the most complicated, random and continuously changing password is rarely enough.

IT professionals know this and have worked to fortify their organization’s network and data security with additional enhancements. While VPNs have historically been the data access and security solution of choice, more recently they have proven to be less than reliable. In fact, research conducted prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unfathomable increase in ransomware and other bad actors showed that of those already utilizing VPNs, 62% cited inadequate security as their number one VPN pain point. And, almost 40% of those responsible for keeping ransomware and other malware from penetrating their network, believed that in fact, it already had.

This is why so many in the industry are now turning to software defined perimeter (SDP) solutions to replace their outdated VPNs. With SDPs, users are able to construct lightweight, discreet, scalable, and highly available “secure-by-app” connections between edge devices, on-premises, remote, and/or cloud environments. Contrary to VPN design, SDP solutions were engineered specifically for the way we work and live today — which when combined with effective passwords, will provide virtually impenetrable protection now and into the future.”

Don Boxley Jr is a DH2i co-founder and CEO. Prior to DH2i, Don held senior marketing roles at Hewlett-Packard where he was instrumental in sales and marketing strategies that resulted in significant revenue growth in the scale-out NAS business. Don spent more than 20 years in management positions for leading technology companies, including Hewlett-Packard, CoCreate Software, Iomega, TapeWorks Data Storage Systems and Colorado Memory Systems. Don earned his MBA from the Johnson School of Management, Cornell University.

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