Article posted: Aug 30, 2017
By Marcus Hartwig, GM Americas
When I saw this headline in the Wall Street Journal recently, "T3rr1bl3 @dv1c3," I couldn't resist reading the article and sharing the regrets of one of the pioneers of secure passwords.
The article includes an interview with Bill Burr, a former manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), discussing how he'd come up with recommendations for secure passwords some 13 years ago. At the time, he says, he was tasked with providing recommendations on the best ways to keep passwords secure for a NIST special publication (800-63, Appendix A). He didn't have much time, so he invented his own rules, he says, putting together an 8-page guide.