The 2011 Survey of IT Professionals - Password Practices and Outcomes from Lieberman Software reports on the state of password security in large enterprises, and the lack of oversight for this critical security issue amongst senior IT management.
- 51 percent of respondents have ten or more passwords to remember at work
- 42 percent of those surveyed work in organizations where IT staff are sharing passwords or access to systems or applications
- 26 percent of respondents are aware of an IT staff member abusing a privileged login to illicitly access sensitive information
- 48 percent of respondents work at companies that do not change their privileged passwords within 90 days
These survey results suggest that a fundamental lack of IT security awareness regarding password control and privileged logins may be a primary cause for the rash of data breaches that occurred in 2011.
Lieberman Software offers privileged identity management solutions, including its flagship Enterprise Random Password Manager (ERPM), which automatically locates every privileged account in the enterprise, frequently changes each account’s password to a unique value and deploys the password changes wherever they are used in the data center.
The survey was conducted at HP Protect 2011 in Washington D.C. More than 300 IT professionals were anonymously queried.