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DEFINITION: A strong password is one that is designed to be hard for a person or program to discover. Because the purpose of a password is to ensure that only authorized users can access resources, a password that is easy to guess is a security risk. Essential components of a strong password include sufficient length and a mix of character types. A typical weak password is short and consists solely of letters  … 
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Protecting against modern password cracking
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: This article in our Royal Holloway Security Thesis series explains just how insecure passwords are and offers advice on alternative methods of security.
Posted: 24 Apr 2013 | Published: 24 Apr 2013

Avoiding Insider Threats to Enterprise Security
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WHITE PAPER: In an increasingly cloud-based IT universe, concerns are being raised and addressed regarding the security of privileged and shared accounts. See this white paper for more information on the latest in cloud-based security for privileged identities.
Posted: 07 Mar 2013 | Published: 07 Mar 2013


Consumerization 101: Defining & Enforcing a Successful BYOD Policy
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EGUIDE: This E-Guide from explores the top concerns of consumerization and BYOD in and discusses how to create a successful BYOD policy that will help mitigate the risks. In addition, get the answers to today's top consumerization questions and learn how cloud storage can be a life-saver in the event of device loss/theft.
Posted: 21 Jan 2013 | Published: 21 Jan 2013

Desktop Administrator's Guide to BYOD - Pros and Cons of BYOD
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EBOOK: BYOD and BYOPC can reduce costs, increase flexibility, and help keep your users happy. But to maximize the benefits and minimize the risk, it is essential to put the right policies in place. Read this E-Book to uncover the promises and pitfalls of these trends and how you can embrace them in your enterprise.
Posted: 30 Nov 2012 | Published: 30 Nov 2012

MDM Software: Benefits of Mobile Configuration Management
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EGUIDE: This E-Guide from explores why configuration management is one of the most important functions of a mobile device management (MDM) policy and describes what you should look for when selecting your MDM solution.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 | Published: 27 Nov 2012

A Guide to MAM and Planning for BYOD Security in the Enterprise
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EGUIDE: In this expert E-Guide from, discover the strategies and tools available that will help you manage and secure bring your own device (BYOD) and mobile apps in your enterprise.
Posted: 26 Nov 2012 | Published: 26 Nov 2012

October Essentials Guide on Mobile Device Security
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ESSENTIAL GUIDE: The October issue of Information Security offers advice on controlling the onslaught of employee-owned devices in your workplace, mitigating the risks of mobile applications, and changing your thought process when it comes to securing the consumerization of IT.
Posted: 10 Oct 2012 | Published: 09 Oct 2012

Enterprise Mobile Device Security Best Practices
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EGUIDE: This E-Guide from explores the top four best practices for keeping your corporate information safe in case a mobile device is lost or stolen.
Posted: 17 Sep 2012 | Published: 17 Sep 2012

The Desktop Admin's Guide to BYOD: Pros and Cons of BYOD
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EBOOK: Despite the fact that BYOD and BYOPC can reduce costs, add IT flexibility, and keep employees happy, they are not without issues. Check out this E-Book from to learn the promises and pitfalls of BYOD and BYOPC and discover how to successfully embrace them in your organization.
Posted: 23 May 2012 | Published: 23 May 2012

Best Practices for mobile authentication
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EGUIDE: Access this expert e-guide to find key tips for planning, composing, and implementing a mobile authentication method in your business.
Posted: 01 Feb 2012 | Published: 01 Feb 2012

Intelligent Authentication and User Access Balancing Security and Convenience
sponsored by CA Technologies.
WHITE PAPER: Inside this vital resource, uncover the new technologies and trends sweeping the nation – and the security effects they are having – and discover how advanced intelligent authentication is key to ensuring your security needs are met.
Posted: 12 Jul 2013 | Published: 31 Dec 2012

CA Technologies.

Hot Tips for Securing Your Wireless Network
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Everyone from the home user to the corporate enterprise needs to secure their Wi-Fi network. This white paper offers 11 tips for securing your Wi-Fi network, including encryption, password management, and more.
Posted: 07 May 2013 | Published: 31 Aug 2012

Sophos, Inc.

PowerBroker Password Safe: Security, Compliance, Productivity
sponsored by BeyondTrust Corporation
TRIAL SOFTWARE: Uncover how PowerBroker Password Safe can help you secure access to privileged accounts, effectively preventing intentional or accidental harm and malicious activity that can be devastating to your business.
Posted: 29 Apr 2013 | Premiered: 29 Apr 2013

BeyondTrust Corporation

PhoneFactor Case Study: Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.
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CASE STUDY: Discover how phone-based authentication helped a global law firm ensure that their on-the-go attorneys received secure access to client data and communications without compromising the safety of the confidential information.
Posted: 11 Apr 2013 | Published: 11 Apr 2013


Beyond Passwords & Outdated Physical Access Systems
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WHITE PAPER: Learn why passwords and traditional physical access systems are simply inefficient in this day and age and discover how smart credentials are a vital component of your physical and logical access security strategy.
Posted: 05 Sep 2012 | Published: 31 Aug 2012

Entrust, Inc.

Research Report: Understand the True Cost of Data Encryption - Like Never Before
sponsored by WinMagic
RESEARCH CONTENT: World renowned Dr. Larry Ponemon, chairman of the Ponemon Institute presents the ground-breaking results of this revolutionary study on the True Cost of Data Encryption. Read this research report to learn how organisations around the world can lower the total cost of IT ownership while protecting their devices - with WinMagic data encryption.
Posted: 16 Aug 2012 | Published: 16 Aug 2012


Two-factor Authentication: A Tokenless Approach
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WHITE PAPER: Learn about a flexible, cost-effective and easy-to-use two-factor authentication solution that offers greater security for your organization than leveraging password authentication alone.
Posted: 15 Aug 2012 | Published: 15 Aug 2012


Mobile Device Management Cloud Report
sponsored by Zenprise
WHITE PAPER: This quarterly report on mobile device management (MDM) cloud practices explores the latest trends surrounding the device enrollment, application usage, and security of mobile devices in the enterprise.
Posted: 10 Aug 2012 | Published: 10 Aug 2012


The Ten "Must Haves" for Secure Mobile Device Management
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WHITE PAPER: Uncover the risks mobile devices bring to your enterprise and how an end-to-end mobile security framework can help you monitor, control, and protect the devices accessing your network and corporate data and applications.
Posted: 03 Aug 2012 | Published: 03 Aug 2012


Unified and Intelligent Identity and Access Management
sponsored by Dell Software
WHITE PAPER: In this white paper, discover an intelligent, unified approach to identity and access management. Learn how to simplify provisioning, single sign-on, role management, multifactor authentication, privileged account management, and password management. See how you can enhance security—and improve user and IT productivity.
Posted: 08 Jul 2011 | Published: 08 Jul 2011

Dell Software

Sophos Security Threat Report 2011
sponsored by Sophos, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: Let our new 2011 Security Threat Report be your weapon in the battle against malware. It describes the significant threats of 2010, what to watch for in 2011, and more importantly, what you need to do to get ahead of them.
Posted: 07 Feb 2011 | Published: 07 Feb 2011

Sophos, Inc.

Presentation Transcript: Effective and Secure User Account Provisioning
sponsored by Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
PRESENTATION TRANSCRIPT: Effective provisioning means not only working with an identity and access management provider and its product, but it is also about business process, effective communication and phased implementation.
Posted: 28 Jul 2010 | Published: 28 Jul 2010

Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.

Password Management Best Practices
sponsored by Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: This document describes and justifies password management best practices as applied in medium to large organizations. It offers reasoned guidance to IT decision makers when they set security policy and design network infrastructure that includes passwords.
Posted: 03 Jun 2010 | Published: 03 Jun 2010

Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.

Password Management Project Roadmap
sponsored by Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.
WHITE PAPER: As today’s organizations deploy an ever-growing number of complex systems, password management problems choke help desk systems, cause expensive delays and lost productivity, and threaten to compromise security. This document will guide you through the entire life of a successful password management project.
Posted: 03 Jun 2010 | Published: 03 Jun 2010

Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.

Disable Lost PCs and Data Remotely
sponsored by Intel
VIDEO: Learn how the all new 2010 Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor family can help by disabling lost or stolen PCs via a poison pill, and how they can be easily reactivated via server-generated passwords thanks to Intel® Anti-Theft Technology and WinMagic.
Posted: 27 Apr 2010 | Premiered: 22 Jan 2010

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PASSWORDS DEFINITION (continued): …  in a single case.When people create passwords, they often defeat the purpose by choosing parts of their names, the names of their pets, or even the word "password," itself, which was the most commonly used password for many years. Now that many password policies require the inclusion of a numeral, the most common password is "password1."You can make your password much harder to break by using more characters, mixing upper and lower case letters, and including numbers and special characters. According to a security guide from Texas A&M University's Research Foundation, a six-character, single-case … 
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