This is part of a running commentary series for #WorldPasswordDay 2021.
Each year on the first Thursday in May, World Password Day strives to encourage users to elevate their password security strategy.
We heard from cybersecurity experts on what strong password security looks like and what the future of passwords holds.
Bindu Sundaresan, Director, AT&T Cybersecurity:
“The use of passwords, the most common digital authentication method to log into a company system, is rife with problems, from being an annoyance to posing a security risk. Today, the number of data breaches that have spiked across different organizations means your password is likely already on the internet somewhere. As a result, reusing a password (even if it’s a strong one) can be dangerous. The passwords you create should be strong and unique.
Weak or unprotected passwords continue to be a top cause of security breaches. There is a rise in credential stuffing attacks stemming from the original theft of usernames and passwords, through their sale and distribution among cybercriminals, to their eventual use for fraud. Credential stuffing remains an enormous problem that demands the attention and investment of the security community.
At the root of these problems are the systems that authenticate users with passwords. Passwords are inconvenient and create numerous security vulnerabilities. A password by itself should be considered a point of high exposure. In today’s connected world, hackers can easily access systems and personal devices. Passwords are shared, stolen, reused, and replayed. They are the hacker’s favorite target, and entire categories of vendor products exist to make up for the shor