Best Practices for Implementing NIST Password Guidelines

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Best Practices for Implementing NIST Password Guidelines

Weak Passwords?
NIST Can Help!

Controlling users’ bad password habits poses a major challenge. Aligning your enterprise’s password policy with the latest guidelines from NIST can help encourage better password habits and reduce the risk of account takeover.

Luckily, you can enforce many of these guidelines through the built-in settings provided by most directory services, including Microsoft Active Directory.

Download this best practices guide to get:

  • A plain-english overview of required, recommended and desirable NIST password guidelines
  • Detailed instructions to help you use directory services like Active
  • Directory to enforce password guidelines
    Advice for how to keep your password policy human-friendly and help your users help themselves
  • Questions to ask potential solution providers

Even if you don’t use Microsoft Active Directory, this is still a helpful guide to NIST’s latest password recommendations.

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Simplify NIST Password Guidelines with SpyCloud Active Directory Guardian

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Simplify NIST Password Guidelines with SpyCloud Active Directory Guardian

To help organizations mitigate the risk posed by users’ bad password habits, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) designed a set of password guidelines with human behavior in mind. While most of NIST’s password guidelines can be enforced directly within directory services like Active Directory, there’s a critical exception: banning “commonly-used, expected, or compromised” passwords. Unfortunately, new breaches happen constantly, which creates a challenge for organizations.

SpyCloud simplifies NIST password guidelines by enabling you to check your employee passwords against the largest database of stolen credentials in the world. With SpyCloud Active Directory Guardian, you can identify and reset breached Active Directory passwords automatically, dramatically reducing the time, cost, and resources required to align with NIST guidelines.

Read this solution brief to understand the benefits of using SpyCloud to align with NIST password guidelines:

  • Reduce your team’s workload with “set it and forget it” automation
  • Stay ahead of criminals with early access to breach data
  • Protect your organization from Account Takeover (ATO) attacks
  • Identify employee password reuse across work and personal accounts
  • Ban common or expected passwords that can put your organization at risk

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Simplify NIST Password Guidelines with SpyCloud Active Directory Guardian

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SpyCloud’s account takeover prevention and fraud investigation solutions are backed by the world’s most current and comprehensive repository of recovered stolen credentials and PII. More data, particularly plaintext passwords, means more matches and stronger account protection.

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Understanding the Latest NIST Password Guidelines

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Understanding the Latest NIST Password Guidelines

Security Meets Usability

Over the years, security professionals have learned surprising lessons about how password policies affect user behavior. Faced with complicated password requirements and hundreds of online accounts to keep track of, people often take dangerous shortcuts—and criminals benefit.

To help organizations mitigate the risk posed by users’ bad password habits, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) designed a set of password guidelines that balance security and usability. The updated guidance abandons the long-held philosophy that passwords must be long and complex. In contrast, the new guidelines recommend that passwords should be “easy to remember” but “hard to guess.” According to NIST, usability and security go hand-in-hand.

Read this white paper to understand what NIST’s guidance means for your organization, including:

  • Why NIST has abandoned popular password complexity requirements
  • What’s special about new authenticator guidelines
  • How NIST approaches biometrics (hint: they’re not enough on their own)
  • What organizations can do to mitigate the risk caused by users’ bad habits

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Understanding the Latest NIST Password Guidelines

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The SpyCloud Difference

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SpyCloud’s account takeover prevention and fraud investigation solutions are backed by the world’s most current and comprehensive repository of recovered stolen credentials and PII. More data, particularly plaintext passwords, means more matches and stronger account protection.

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