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The Password Spreadsheet: why you must NOT store enterprise passwords in Excel

December 6th, 2016


Is your organization still using an Excel password spreadsheet to store and manage sensitive passwords—the keys to your kingdom?

You’re not alone. But storing privileged account passwords and credentials in a spreadsheet poses a serious security risk.

There should be no such thing as a ‘password spreadsheet’

There is no excuse good enough to justify storing passwords in ExcelExcel was never intended to be a password manager, so there’s no chance it’s ever going to be the best way to store passwords. Strong mathematical functionality does not equate to strong security.
Privileged accounts and passwords must be protected with the highest security possible;
and that absolutely must include two-factor authentication.

It’s this simple: the lack of built-in security, data loss, and security updates that you get with a spreadsheet system is making your organization highly vulnerable to attack.

How do you eliminate the risk of using Excel for storing enterprise passwords?

The answer is to switch to a purpose-designed, automated privileged account management product. A comprehensive solution built to manage privileged accounts and privileged account access not only provides security, but enables you to focus on other IT operations and enterprise priorities.

The key features of a strong privileged account management solution include:

–  Ability to store, manage and share passwords
–  Top-level security with audit and compliance features
–  Real-time management and disaster recovery

Need buy-in from other members on your team?

Old password management habits are hard to break, but once your company sees the security and functionality that the right privileged account management solution brings to your enterprise, you’ll be the office hero.

And we have the perfect toolkit for you to propose the right solution to your team:

1.) Download the ‘Top Reasons Why Using Excel to Store Privileged Credential Passwords Creates Needless Risk’ white paper for the top 8 reasons why you shouldn’t risk storing passwords in a spreadsheet.

2.) Watch our “Using Excel to Store Privileged Account Passwords: You’ve Probably Already Been Breached” webinar to learn about the risks associated with password spreadsheets; and find out how your system may have already been breached without you even knowing it.

There is no excuse good enough to justify storing passwords in Excel
When you start a free enterprise password management trial—you’re just 15 minutes from finding out why it’s the only way to manage and store your passwords.

Would you like to know how we compare against other password management solutions? Compare password managers here >

Stay safe!

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Jordan True

Jordan is a social media strategist, digital community manager and a lover of all things IT. She currently manages the Social Media Program at Thycotic and loves to connect with technology communities online and at enterprise IT events. Addicted to the outdoors, you can find Jordan on the running trails in her free time or sharing the latest InfoSec buzz on Twitter @ThycoticJordan.

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