Research and Markets: In Search of a Better Password Policy - What Are the Security Threats and Vulnerabilities Specific to Passwords?

DUBLIN--()--Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mxtrtz/in_search_of_a) has announced the addition of Javelin Strategy & Research's new report "In Search of a Better Password Policy" to their offering.

Despite claims by security experts and popular media that passwords are dead, this method of authentication remains firmly entrenched across the financial industry and elsewhere. The simplicity and familiarity of passwords has helped them retain a role in securing online accounts, despite vulnerabilities that are significant and universally known. Yet suggestions for creating and securely managing passwords are largely ignored by accountholders who deem them impractical.

Typically supplemented by other forms of authentication when used to secure financial accounts, passwords are considered by bank executives to be only the most cursory of deterrents. And cybercriminals have proven successful at circumventing this deterrent, effectively misusing compromised credentials to access online financial accounts.

Bolstering the security of passwords will require strategies that address vulnerabilities such as password reuse, targeted malware, data breaches, and social engineering without sacrificing convenience for accountholders. Stakeholders generally anticipate a future free of passwords, but a balanced approach to improving their security in the interim could have a noticeable effect on the rate of fraud while preserving the experience of accountholders.

Primary Questions:

- What are the security threats and vulnerabilities specific to passwords?

- What is the relationship between passwords and identity fraud?

- How often do leading financial institutions update their customer-facing password policies?

- What are the factors that financial institutions consider when deciding on customer-facing password policies?

- Which industries and what credentials do criminals currently target with their efforts?

- What can financial institutions do to improve the security of customer accounts?

Key Topics Covered:

1. Overview

2. Executive Summary

- Key Findings

- Recommendations

3. Password Threats Abound

- Poor Consumer Password Practices and the Data-Breach Fraud Threat

- Device Compromise and Password Interception Circumvent Good Password Policies

4. Examining Online Password Policies

5. FI Considerations When Crafting a Password Policy

6. Improving the Password Status Quo

- Tactically Adjusting Password Policies

- Accountholder Password Management Strategies

- A Memorable Password Cipher

7. Methodology

8. Endnotes

Companies Mentioned

- Adobe

- Ally

- Amazon

- Bank of America

- Bank of the West

- Capital One

- Comerica

- Facebook

- Google

- LinkedIn

- Mozilla

- Sony

- SunTrust

- eBay

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/mxtrtz/in_search_of_a.

Source: Javelin Strategy & Research

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Laura Wood, Senior Manager
press@researchandmarkets.com
For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470
For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630
For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900
U.S. Fax: 646-607-1907
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Sector: IT Security, Online Banking