After we introduced the Awareness program and the internal house style, Thales took over the baton to further flesh out the communication process. For example, the working group kept coming up with new ways to continue working with the Golden Rules from one of the three departments. “For example, we have a lot of programs and accounts with passwords, and they have to be renewed every so often. So one of our rules is: use strong passwords, and store them in our preferred password manager.” The default password manager is available to everyone in the workplace.
I always use a password manager to store my strong passwords safely
> Even when I’m in a hurry
In many organizations – and also privately – coming up with a new, strong password all the time is a real hurdle (‘hassle!’), but at Thales we’ve taken a creative approach. “Colleague Roel from ISD deployed software himself to be able to test the strength. He used it to visit our locations to have employees check their own passwords, where he could then show which (super) computer needed a few days or perhaps even just a few seconds to crack the account. That proved to be a serious eye-opener for some, especially for colleagues who thought they already had a very secure password.”