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How to Enhance Employee Password Habits for Optimal Security

Updated: April 29, 2024

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Discover how to manage employee password risks including data breaches, phishing, and loss of data control to enhance security.

A common issue that businesses across all sectors face is that employees handle their passwords in various, often insecure ways, leading to two major challenges:

  1. Security Risks: When employees choose their own methods of managing passwords, this increases the risk of data breaches and security incidents. Without a uniform method to protect this sensitive information, companies are wide open to cyberattacks.
  2. Inefficiency: Different password management methods lead to confusion and inefficiency. Employees spend valuable time remembering or recovering passwords, which diminishes their productivity.

The solution? An innovative approach to centralize and simplify employee password management, while simultaneously enhancing the security and efficiency of your organization.

Dangers of Individual Employee Password Management:

Increased Risk of Data Breaches

When employees handle passwords individually, they often fail to meet the stringent security protocols needed to protect sensitive data. This inconsistent approach can leave critical systems vulnerable to unauthorized access. As each employee may use different levels of password complexity and storage methods, the lack of uniform security measures significantly increases the risk of breaches. Such practices undermine the overall security posture of an organization, inviting potential cyber threats that can exploit these weaknesses to gain unauthorized access to confidential and valuable information.

Phishing Attacks

Employees who manage their own passwords are often targets for phishing attacks. Phishers prey on individuals who may not be vigilant or knowledgeable about secure password practices. These attacks are designed to steal login credentials through deceptive emails or malicious websites that appear legitimate. Without proper training and a centralized system for managing passwords, employees are more likely to fall victim to these scams, potentially giving attackers access to personal and corporate data.

Loss of Control Over Business Data

Allowing employees to manage their own passwords without centralized oversight can lead to severe data management issues. Without a clear structure for access rights, it becomes nearly impossible to track who has access to what information. This lack of oversight can result in sensitive information falling into the wrong hands, either through negligence or malicious intent. It also complicates compliance with data protection regulations, as there is no reliable way to audit access and ensure that only authorized personnel have entry to critical data.

Complexity in Managing Password Changes

Managing employee password updates and changes can significantly delay response times during security incidents. If a breach occurs, the absence of a centralized password management system complicates the process of securing accounts swiftly. Each employee might have different methods for updating their passwords, and some might not change them promptly, increasing the risk of further damage. This can prolong the vulnerability window during which attackers can exploit exposed credentials.

Unsecured Storage in Excel

Storing employee passwords in unsecured Excel files is a high-risk practice that many employees adopt for convenience. However, this method exposes passwords to numerous security vulnerabilities, including the risk of data leakage from lost or stolen devices, or even cyber-attacks that target inadequately protected data files. Excel files often lack robust encryption, making them easy targets for hackers seeking to exploit such weaknesses for widespread access to a company’s systems.

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Local Storage of Employee Passwords

Keeping passwords stored locally on individual devices poses significant security risks. Such practices expose credentials to potential theft if devices are lost or stolen. Local storage often lacks the necessary encryption, making it easy for unauthorized individuals to access and retrieve stored passwords. This risk is exacerbated in environments where device security measures, such as lock screens or antimalware software, are not rigorously enforced.

Sending Employee Passwords Over Insecure Channels

Transmitting passwords via unsecured channels like email, WhatsApp, SMS, or other messaging platforms is highly insecure. These methods typically do not employ end-to-end encryption, leaving sensitive information vulnerable to interception during transit. Cybercriminals can easily exploit these insecure channels to capture passwords and other confidential data, leading to unauthorized access to business systems and data breaches.

Uncertainty Over Access Rights

Without centralized management of passwords, it's challenging to maintain clear and secure control over who has access to specific pieces of information. This ambiguity can lead to unauthorized access, as it is difficult to enforce policies or track access reliably. The lack of clarity also complicates the process of revoking access when employees leave the company or change positions, further increasing the risk of data leakage or inappropriate access to sensitive information.

Who we are

Hypervault is a SaaS solution that allows companies to secure and share passwords or any other type of confidential data as a team. It was developed from the need to store sensitive data in a structured way and make the use of it as easy as possible so that no one in your company is left behind.

Just think of database connections, computer accesses, FTP credentials, e-mail settings, API or license keys, device information, contracts, patents, incorporation documents, or personnel data ... As you can see, it's not only passwords. There is much more confidential data going around in a company than one can think of at first instance.

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Shift in mindset

European companies are also increasingly cautious when it comes to storing and securing confidential data. Partly due to the GDPR legislation, companies are increasingly monitoring where their data is stored and managed.

Hypervault is the first European (Belgian) product to offer a digital safe for companies and a strong alternative to the classic password managers.

Our goal? Offering companies a simultaneously user-friendly and super-secure platform to manage their confidential data.

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Our tool offers a seamless experience that is both secure and user-friendly.

  • Easy Password Management: Hypervault makes it simple to create, save, and manage passwords securely. This helps keep your business's online accounts safe and easy to access​.
  • Safe Sharing and Team Collaboration: Securely share sensitive information like passwords with team members. It allows you to control who sees what, ensuring that only the right people have access to important data.
  • Data Protection Compliance: Hypervault's servers are based in Europe, making it easier for your business to comply with European data protection laws like GDPR. This is essential for protecting customer information and avoiding legal issues​.

How it works

Step 1: Start with a Free Trial

Create your workspace and test it for free for 14 days, no credit card required.

Step 2: Set Up Your Structure

Prepare your folder structure and, if necessary, import existing passwords from other platforms.

Step 3: Invite Your Employees

Easily send invitations to all your employees. Onboarding is super fast.

What's included?

  • Password manager
  • Digital Vault
  • Secure Document Sharing
  • Unlimited vault items
  • Unlimited folders
  • Browser extension for Chrome, Edge & Brave
  • Strong password generator
  • Create teams
  • Integrate with Azure AD
  • Log in with Microsoft SSO
  • Create your custom data templates
  • Add custom fields
  • 1GB storage included
  • Highest level of security
  • Great support
  • Work with clients, suppliers, ... for free

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About the author
Glenn Van Croonenborch
CEO Hypervault

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