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​Protecting Passwords

Online Exclusives ​Kari Zahar, Stephanie Robberson, CISA Sep 02, 2020

Password managers can safeguard login credentials — as long as the tools, themselves, are secured.

The database administrator is gone, and he took our passwords with him,” the client told internal audit. “What do we do?”

It was a nightmare scenario for the oil and gas company. The IT department used a password manager to store hundreds of system, database, and service account administrative passwords.

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​Kari Zahar

​Kari Zahar is a senior manager at Stinnett & Associates in San Antonio, Texas, and an accounting analytics professor at Trinity University in San Antonio.

Stephanie Robberson, CISA

Information Security analyst for a payroll technology company in Oklahoma City