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Password Management Best Practices

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  • Self-service - Anywhere:
    Explains how Password Manager addresses the login problems experienced by mobile users with full disk encryption, cached credentials, smart phones, smart cards and tokens.
  • From Password Reset to Authentication Management:
    The evolution of password management -- from simple password reset to enterprise-scale management of all authentication factors.
  • Password Management Best Practices:
    Best practices for enterprise password management. Classifies security threats and discusses practical strategies to counter password guessers, packet sniffers, sticky notes and more.
  • Password Policy Guidelines:
    Guidelines for secure password management, including policy on composition, transmission and expiration of passwords.
  • Challenge/Response Authentication:
    Constructing secure, usable policies for authenticating users who forgot their password by asking them to answer a series of security questions.
  • Password Reset for Locked Out Users:
    An objective comparison of alternate strategies to addressing the problem of helping users that forgot their initial network login password.
  • Password Manager Deployment Best Practices:
    Outlines best practices for designing, installing and rolling out Password Manager to an enterprise-scale user population.
  • Password Management Project Roadmap:
    A roadmap for password management projects, starting with a needs analysis, through requirements and product selection, and including deployment and ongoing management of the system.
  • Integrating Password Management with Single Sign-on:
    Compare and contrast password synchronization, password reset and enterprise single signon (SSO). Describe installation conflicts and integration points between these different technologies.
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