Nearly Half of Enterprises Store Passwords in Spreadsheets and Other Documents, Hitachi ID Survey Shows

May 18, 2022

CALGARY, Alberta – May 18, 2022Nearly half — 46% — of IT, security, and cybersecurity leaders say they still store passwords in shared office documents. That’s despite an overwhelming 93% of respondents that require password management training, with 63% holding training more than once per year. This is just one of the findings in a survey conducted by Pulse on behalf of Hitachi ID, a leading cybersecurity software provider focused on enterprise identity, privileged access, and password management. 

“It raises an important question about how effective password management training is when nearly half the organizations are still storing passwords in spreadsheets and other documents, and 8% write them on sticky notes,” said Nick Brown, Chief Executive Officer at Hitachi ID. “Insecure passwords are still a leading cause of cyberattacks, and education alone is clearly not enough. More companies need to follow the lead of the 30% who report that they store passwords in a company-provided password manager.” 

The survey suggests many organizations know their secret and password management isn’t up to par. When asked whether an employee leaving the company could take passwords with them, only 5% say they were extremely confident that wasn’t possible. If they have to urgently terminate an employee, only 7% of leaders are extremely confident they can transfer passwords and credentials, terminate access, and maintain business continuity. 

That lack of confidence has real-world implications. Some 29% of respondents say they’ve experienced an incident in the past year where they lost access to product systems after an employee left the organization. 

“In the midst of the Great Resignation, every organization should be extremely confident that passwords will stay in the company regardless of which employees come and go,” said Ian Reay, Vice President, Product Management at Hitachi ID. “A password manager like the Hitachi ID Bravura Safe centrally, consistently, and securely manages decentralized passwords, secrets, and files, allowing employees to safely share access while avoiding disruptions or the risk of a breach.” 

Read the full survey infographic for more on how enterprises manage their secrets and passwords. 

About Hitachi ID Systems, Inc.

Hitachi ID delivers decades of experience and the industry's only single Identity, Privileged Access, Threat Detection, and Password Management platform, the Hitachi ID Bravura Security Fabric. Building on more than twenty years of deep domain experience, Hitachi ID is an analyst-recognized leader and part of the global "One Hitachi" portfolio. To learn more about Hitachi ID Systems, visit Hitachi ID's website, e-mail info@Hitachi-ID.com, call 1.403.233.0740, or follow @Hitachi_ID on Twitter.

About Bravura Security

Bravura Security, an analyst-recognized leader formerly known as Hitachi ID Systems, Inc., delivers decades of experience and the industry's only single Identity, Privileged Access, Password and Passwordless management platform, the Bravura Security Fabric. This end-to-end platform offers users a robust and frictionless security experience, governance and compliance checks, and streamlined service-level agreements via a single platform, which further decreases overall risk and lowers total cost of ownership for deployment and administration.

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