Maybe a better question is, “Do passwords matter?” I’ve seen password requirements become more and more painful through the years at the same time that the number of security breeches has skyrocketed. The reason is that investing time in hacking into the online application database is far more rewarding than brute-force hacking a single end user’s password. In other words, all the secure passwords in the world won’t do any good when a hacker (or state-sponsored team of hackers) can simply siphon my data out the back end. Providers and online vendors should care more, and we should make
I gained a deep understanding of “disaster recovery” in the best situation imaginable. I was a programmer/analyst for Northern Trust Bank, and for two years worked diligently on our “Y2K” disaster preparedness plan. To say the least, banks cannot afford to lose their data. The fear surrounding Y2K gave me an almost unlimited budget and access to endless resources.