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Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues

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Some employees are disengaged or don't feel accountable on securing government devices.

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Government employees in the United States and internationally often reuse passwords for their work and personal accounts, according to researchers at threat intelligence firm SpyCloud.

Sixty-one percent of those with more than one password exposed and compromised in the last year reused them in multiple places, the report found. Among government emails, the most common exposed passwords were "123456," "12345678," and "password." The report also revealed that close to 74% of stolen government credentials involved malware-infected devices.

Meanwhile, a report from the cybersecurity software firm Ivanti found that 32% of U.S. government employees used the same work password for longer than a year.

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