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What is Password Reset Enforcement and How Will it Help My Business?

March 6th, 2023 | 3 min. read

By Jordan Pioth

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Network security is very important in today’s world. If you do not have strong network security, you could end up a victim of a cyberattack and be required to pay hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars to repair your network.

If you are not constantly updating your network security or looking for new ways to secure your network, your network could have vulnerabilities that could lead to a cyberattack.

Password reset enforcement can help your organization improve security so you don’t have to deal with the consequences of a vulnerable network.

Coeo has helped thousands of customers with network security. We want to make sure you know about password reset enforcement so you can determine if it is something your organization would benefit from.

By the end of this article, you will know what password reset enforcement is, three ways password reset enforcement can improve network security, and if your company should use password reset enforcement.

What is password reset enforcement?

Password reset enforcement requires you and your employees to reset account passwords after a specific amount of time. This can be enforced automatically or manually.

You can require passwords to be reset every few months on a predetermined schedule or you can manually change your passwords whenever you see fit.

Changing your password makes it harder for threats to penetrate your network. If you use the same password for several months or even years without changing it, it can be much easier for a threat to access your network.  

Password reset enforcement ensures that passwords are always safe, making it harder for hackers and attackers to identify passwords to get access to your network to access your data.

Additionally, it can be dangerous if your organization shares passwords with its employees. For instance, if multiple people are using the same account with the same password, it can be easy for an attacker to hijack your network.

Using the same password for multiple things is also dangerous.

If you have the same password set up for 20 other accounts and one is breached, all 19 other accounts are in danger of being hacked as well whether it be Facebook passwords, bank passwords, or passwords for your network.

3 ways password reset enforcement improves network security

In order to secure your data and network, it is important to have strong and secure passwords. Password reset enforcement improves network security in a number of ways.

●      Limits breaches to multiples accounts

If your organization uses the same password for multiple accounts, it is dangerous when one account is breached.

If one account is breached, then every other account that uses the same password is in danger of also being breached.

Each account should have a different password associated with it. Having a different password for every account and changing these passwords frequently will lower your chances of having your accounts breached.

●      Reduces the risk of frequent access

Most times when a network is hacked, it is not hacked on the first try. Hackers may attempt to access accounts multiple times over a period of time.

If your password stays the same for a long period of time, it will be easier for a hacker to access that account.

However, if you require password reset enforcement throughout your company, your accounts will be more secure because your passwords will have changed throughout the period of time that hackers try to access your account.

●      Prevents access from saved passwords

Most times when you set up accounts, no matter what account it is, there is a save password option. This saves your passwords to your computer and automatically logs you into your accounts with saved passwords.

However, saving your passwords this way can be dangerous because it can be easier for a hacker to gain access to your accounts.

If you lose your computer or change to a new one, your passwords can still be saved to your accounts and can be accessed by anyone that has access to your computer.

Should your company use password reset enforcement?

If your company is a larger organization with multiple accounts pointing to the same network, it may be a good idea to enforce a password reset policy for all employees over a period of time.

Additionally, if you feel your network data is at risk or have a history of cyberattacks, it is important to make sure all passwords are changed.

If a hacker penetrated your network using an account password and your passwords have not been changed after your network has been penetrated, chances are it may be penetrated again.

A penetration test may be something your company can benefit from as well. Penetration testing simulates a cyber-attack on your network with the hopes of discovering vulnerabilities.

Consistent penetration testing can help you obtain expert, unbiased feedback on your organization’s security process from a third-party source and reveals any vulnerabilities or problems so you can fix them before becoming a victim of a cyberattack.

Next steps to adopting password reset enforcement

Now you know what password reset enforcement is, the three ways it helps secure your network, and if your company should use it.

This will help you make a better decision on whether your company should follow a password reset enforcement policy.

It is important that your network is constantly secure to avoid being a victim of a cyberattack costing your organization hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars.

Adopting a password reset enforcement policy will help you avoid being a victim of a cyberattack.

Coeo has helped thousands of customers with their network security. We want to give you information on password reset enforcement so you can improve network security and avoid being a victim of a cyberattack or data breach.

If you would like to speak with our team to talk about how password reset enforcement can help your business or ask any questions you may have you can schedule an appointment.TALK TO AN EXPERT

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Jordan Pioth

When he's not creating content for Coeo, Jordan loves to watch sports, hang out with friends and family, and anything sneaker-related.