Gartner Research

Blindly Increasing Password Strength Is Futile

Published: 19 August 2008

ID: G00159052

Analyst(s): Ant Allan

Summary

Attempting to mitigate authentication weaknesses by increasing password length and complexity quickly is counterproductive. It encourages bad user behavior and is ineffective against some of the common attacks against passwords.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • Stronger Authentication
  • Technical Controls
  • Policies
  • Cost Justification

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