‘Password must contain at least one upper case, numeric and special character’– we have all been there, struggling to meet what this prompt note demands. Passwords have always been the first line of defense, and with passing years of credentials being hacked, the necessity to ensure stringent password policies keeps rising. Out of the umpteen methods of ensuring digital hygiene, the web recommends maintaining distinct passwords for different applications to prevent mass device compromise. However, the hurdle of memorizing the complex set of alphanumeric passwords stops users from heeding the wise words.
With attack-as-a-service witnessing growth in the form of phishing, man-in-the-middle attacks and brute force, stolen credentials have seen growing demand in the black market, emphasizing the importance of password management for businesses. Addressing these concerns, Hexnode, an award-winning Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) solution, has partnered with Keeper Security, a leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software.
The infamous Solar Winds attack where several U.S government agencies were compromised was acclaimed to have occurred due to the negligence of an intern in setting their password. UEM solutions help IT admins remotely deploy password policies across their device fleet preventing employees from setting up weak passwords. The password policy assists admins in setting complex restrictions in terms of password history, password age, password length and more. Along with remotely installing applications, the integration enables corporates to push restrictions, configurations and updates in a go.
Hexnode UEM partners with Keeper Security: What does it mean for enterprises?
Hexnode’s integration with Keeper Security takes password management a level higher. Keeper Security encrypts private information locally on the device and encourages storing passwords, files or any other type of confidential information. Keeper ensures password compliance and facilitates password sharing across teams, monitors the dark web for any breaches and promptly alerts the administrators.
“There is no silver bullet solution for cybersecurity. While corporates have used Keeper Security for over a decade to ensure the authenticity of passwords, Hexnode takes the game a level higher. Hexnode offers a wide array of cybersecurity features ranging from mass deployment to app configuration and restriction”, says Sahad M, Chief Technology Officer at Hexnode.
While Hexnode helps corporates handle their devices, Keeper will act as your first line of defense against identity thefts. Adopting strong username and password combinations is the best way to ensure that your company’s assets are not jeopardized. The integration of Hexnode with Keeper Security will help corporates guarantee security across all aspects of their company infrastructure, be it endpoint, cloud or network.
“Mobile device management is essential to organizational security in a world where mobile web traffic greatly exceeds desktop traffic, and where more and more organizations are adopting BYOD (bring your own device) policies,” said Craig Lurey, CTO and Co-Founder of Keeper Security. “Keeper’s partnership with Hexnode enables us to further our mission of connecting people with all the digital resources they need in the simplest and most secure way possible”, adds Craig.
From jotting passwords down in a private note to storing them in digital vaults, password management has developed over time. Unfortunately, in a technologically advanced world with cutting-edge solutions to avoid hacks, TransUnion South Africa fell for a $15 Million ransomware to prevent hackers from revealing about $54 Million personal information. While the hackers claim that the password was ‘password’ alone, the South African media company has admitted to using a weak password. The situation paints a clear picture of why enterprises need a password management solution in their security arsenal.
With cybersecurity topping the list of global concerns, governments have devised various mandates to secure their cyber architecture. For example, the National Cybersecurity and Communication Integration Centre (NCCIC) of the United States have advised its citizens to maintain a strong password policy. In addition, various vendors have developed their share of password management strategies, one of them being Google, which detects compromised credentials and alerts customers to change to a new one automatically.
Your password must be strong enough to tackle password-oriented attacks like brute force and dictionary attacks. In recent years, a new technique known as ‘Credential Stuffing’ has emerged, in which hackers test compilations of stolen username and password combinations on an individual’s account. While password managers like Keeper help corporates store their complex set of passwords, UEM solutions like Hexnode help admins ensure compliance of their devices to the corporate’s security policy, also preventing users from circumventing the policy.
Just like evolving forms of threats, steps towards ensuring cyber hygiene have also changed. Though the first step to start with, setting up complex sets of passwords isn’t the winning move. By 2026, the password management market is anticipated to be worth $3071 million. However, with password managers storing your sensitive information, it is always prudent to add an extra layer of security.