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Don't Waste Time and Energy Tinkering With Password Policies; Invest in More Robust Authentication Methods or Other Compensating Controls

Published: 27 July 2017

ID: G00326733

Analyst(s): Ant Allan


Password policies cannot ameliorate the inherent weaknesses of passwords themselves. Security and risk management leaders responsible for IAM should not focus on crafting the perfect policy, and should invest in new authentication methods and other compensating controls in line with business needs.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Aggressively Time Box Discussions and Aim for a Workable Password Policy Rather Than a Perfect One
    • Policies Must Meet Applicable Requirements and Respect UX Needs
  • Assess and Implement Compensating Controls
  • Assess and Implement More Robust Authentication Methods or Other Kinds of Identity Corroboration

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