Dell exec says password vaults/manager are the way forward

In the build up to the festive season, Dell Software invited a group of journalists to a series of fireside discussions with its customers and partners to discuss amongst other things that Mintel are predicting a total of £42 billion in this season's UK sales, with a rise of 2.5 percent on last year.

Although a high number, according to Dell, organisations now face an increasing mass of customer data they must keep secure. And as a result, organisations across a multitude of sectors are ramping up their network and data security in response to a series of high profile breaches.

To help CIOs and IT teams achieve this, Mark Slater, director of systems engineering EMEA, Dell Software Group said that as more of both private and business activity moves to the cloud and IoT devices, it becomes increasingly difficult to manage passwords to both devices and cloud services.

Highlighting DSG's Cloud Access Manager, Slater explained how he believed this approach was the way forward when it comes to solving the problem of remembering passwords.

Last month, SCMagazineUK.com reported on the news that password vault KeePass had certain vulnerabilities that would allow an attacker to stealthily decrypt login credentials, raising concerns for password vaults in general.

Brendan Rizzo, technical director EMEA for HPE Security, recommended mitigating the compromise risk of tools such as KeePass by air-gapping password storage and usage.

"This could be done by storing passwords on a password vault on a smartphone," Rizzo explained, "but using them on your PC. This does reduce the convenience factor, but it also greatly enhances the overall security."