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The study, CEO Email Exposure: Passwords and Pwnage, delves into known company email addresses used by top executives from more than 200 of the biggest companies in ten countries. Researchers compared those addresses with F-Secure’s database of credentials leaked from breaches of online services. Among other findings:
By using poor password habits, a top executive is putting their own accounts at risk – but not only that, company data as well. According to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 63% of confirmed data breaches involved weak, default, or stolen passwords.* A breach caused by unauthorized use of a CEO’s credentials would be difficult to spot for most companies, who are ill-prepared to handle breaches, according to data from F-Secure risk management assessments.
Using a unique, strong password for each online account is fundamental to keeping hackers at bay – and experts recommend using a password manager to make it seamless and easy. F-Secure Password Protection, the only available password manager that comes integrated with endpoint security clients, is a brand new component of F-Secure Protection Service for Business. It will be released on November 1.
For more details, password advice from a white hat hacker, and to find out when CEOs should link social accounts with their company email, download the full report, CEO Email Exposure: Passwords and Pwnage.
*Source: 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, http://www.verizonenterprise.com/resources/reports/rp_DBIR_2016_Report_en_xg.pdf
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