Over the years I've heard variations on this complaint:
"I don't need a secure password since everything I work on can be seen with a freedom-of-information-act filing anyway."
In the run up to the internal lobbying effort that allowed us to start password aging and put password complexity rules into place, we ran L0phtcrack against our Windows domain passwords. The results were astounding. A crushingly large percentage of passwords were still set to ones well known to be used by the helpdesk during password resets, users had never gone back and changed their password after having it reset by said helpdesk. A not much surprising but still disheartening number was the percentage of passwords set to either "password" or "p@$$w04D". These results are what convinced upper management to push password complexity policies onto the unwilling masses.

But that doesn't address the complaint above, merely shows the effects of this attitude. While it may be true that you work on nothing confidential, you still have one thing near and dear to your heart that you do care about; Identity. Especially with the advent of web-based Enterprise email, this is a very important thing. While it is trivial to impersonate an email address, it carries far more weight when that email is delivered from our servers. What's more, the ability to reply to legitimate emailas you is something you don't want. And finally, I don't know a single person that fails to have at least some personal correspondance in their work mailboxes, even if it only exists in the trash folder. That information may still be retrievable by an FOIA filing, but the generation of information does not, and generation of information is what you allow by having your password compromised.

We mean that. We don't allow managers to have departed employee's passwords for the same reason. Happily these sorts of gripes are becoming ever less common as the lessons of Phishing come home to more and more people. But this gripe is one that is particular to the public sector, so many of you may not have heard it before.


Dear Author ! Yes, really. All above told the truth. We can communicate on this theme.

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