The Password Problem: The Most Common — and Avoidable — Threat to IT Security

Computerworld’s Jaikumar Vijayan story today on the Utah Department of Health security breach that exposed approximately 280,000 Social Security numbers highlights a point we’ve written about many times in the past: Weak, easy-to-guess passwords are perhaps the biggest threat to IT security. According to Vijayan:

“ … the hackers -- believed to be from Eastern Europe -- exploited a configuration error at the authentication layer of the server hosting the compromised data, according to Utah IT officials.