Government Employees Are Bad At Passwords, Commission Says
A Homeland Security committee report says IRS, DHS and Nuclear Regulatory Commission employees are worse at password security than the general public.By Laura Heck | February 4, 2014
So it turns out some government agencies we trust with our most sensitive data have worse password habits than most of the general public. Which agencies, you ask? Oh, just the Department of Homeland Security, the IRS and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
A study by the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Minority Committee suggests many agencies have incredibly poor cybersecurity — and a lot of that is because employees don't seem to understand password security.
The study found that employees are writing down passwords on sheets of paper or, in some cases, on the desk furniture itself, not password-protecting laptops and even using some of the most obvious password combinations known to man.