The proper response and secure distribution strategy following a username and password hack would first be to disable...
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all of the accounts that may be compromised and reset the passwords to meet stringent complexity requirements. Next put your team's forensic skills to work to determine -- with certainty -- how the enterprise's security controls were breached. Then present those findings to management and present a plan to modify those controls or implement new ones to mitigate the risk going forward.
Changing and increasing the complexity of a password significantly reduces the likelihood of the account being hacked, but only if you've already determined how the original compromise was achieved and appropriately responded to it.
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- Learn how to prevent SSH brute force attacks that can compromise passwords.
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