For network administrators, passwords are like an old but increasingly unreliable friend. While easy to use on a single site, employees often choose weak ones, which makes them easy to brute force. Even when they’re strong, using them across multiple logins means employees end up with too many to remember in ways that encourage the risky habit of password reuse.
Addressing these issues is a complex undertaking. Smaller companies often lack the IT staff to monitor password behaviour which means they lose sight of their vulnerability. Larger companies have the opposite problem, where centralising passwords using technologies such as single sign-on (SSO) transfers the management overhead to the IT team.