Press Release: Specops enables organizations to comply with password requirements from NIST and NCSC
(Last updated on August 2, 2018)
Stockholm, Sweden – March 7, 2018. Specops Software announced today the release of Specops Password Policy 6.7, which provides customers with a password blacklist to comply with requirements from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and National Centre of Cyber Security (NCSC).
In the latest version of Specops Password Policy, it is possible to use a password dictionary to prevent users from creating passwords that are susceptible to dictionary attacks. Passwords are checked each time they are changed in Active Directory and rejected if found on the banned list. This increases password security and is a guideline of industry standard bodies such as NIST and NCSC.
“It’s never been easier to ban commonly used weak passwords, or passwords that appear on a leaked list,” says Lori Österholm, CTO at Specops Software. “Many customers come to us wanting to meet compliance requirements and password blacklisting is a critical feature to follow security best practices today.”
The blacklist dictionary feature includes creating custom password blacklists, importing an online dictionary list, or using a list provided, including Specops compliance dictionary (close to a million leaked passwords), Gawker (over 180,000 passwords), LinkedIn (6.5 million password hashes), and Adobe (top 100 passwords).
“The new Specops password dictionary list includes one million leaked passwords longer than eight characters, as this is the minimum length requirement mandated by various industry standards. We’ve done the work for our customers so they can simply enable password blacklisting,” Österholm says.
Specops Password Policy is a password filtering tool that strengthens Active Directory passwords and simplifies the management of fine-grained password policies. Specops Password Policy can target any Group Policy Object level, group, user or computer with specific complexity, dictionary and passphrases settings.
Recent release updates include interactive reporting that detects security-related weaknesses in Active Directory. The information is displayed in multiple interactive reports where it is possible to compare your organization with industry best practices and industry standard bodies.
About Specops Software
Specops Software is an award-winning software company that develops solutions for desktop, authentication and password management, which extend the functionality of Windows infrastructure. With offices in the US, Canada, the UK and headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, Specops Software helps companies, organizations and educational institutions in more than 50 countries. Specops Software has grown steadily since it was founded in 2001 and reports strong turnover and solid profit.
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