Password Management

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Service account security best practices

There are number of privileges and roles granted to Windows users. However, it’s often necessary to restrict roles to specialized accounts called service accounts. These Active Directory (AD) accounts have deeper access to OS infrastructure, making them both handier and higher-priority... Read More

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Are password reset solutions still relevant?

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the latest password guidance from noted cybersecurity organizations, it has changed from the traditional advice given regarding password security and password security policies. There are new and better ways to protect and secure account... Read More

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What is the NCSC guidance on password managers?

To keep our accounts secure across the multiple services that we use, we need to choose strong passwords that are unique for each account or service. Yet, 52% of people reuse the same password for multiple accounts.   Remembering multiple strong passwords for perhaps dozens of... Read More

Password policy enforcement

HIPAA compliant password manager

Compliance with industry regulations are extremely important to IT priorities, and cybersecurity. One of the more prominent standards for safeguarding personal data is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) which provides guidelines for organizations dealing with protected health information (PHI). For sysadmins, compliance with HIPAA requires visibility and technical controls to protect electronic personal health... Read More

Specops Password Policy comparison and price

In the market for a third-party password policy solution? If an audit has revealed poor password practices, you may look to Microsoft Fine-Grained Password Policy (FGPP) for additional flexibility over default domain password settings. Unfortunately, FGPP still lacks a... Read More

NIST password standards

NIST Password Standards

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) sets the information security standards for federal agencies. Through its Special Publication (SP) 800-series, NIST helps organizations meet regulatory compliance requirements such as HIPAA, and SOX. The recent update to the... Read More

How to enforce password history in Active Directory

The “Enforce password history” setting in Active Directory is used to determine the number of unique passwords a user must use before they can use an old password again. This is an important setting because password reuse is a... Read More

How to change user passwords in Active Directory

We often get asked how our self-service solution changes passwords on a user account in Active Directory. It’s a more interesting question than it sounds as there are many processes at work here, and many ways to do it.... Read More