Introducing Password Managers into Multiple-Password Environments
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Even with more sophisticated and modern forms of authentication, passwords are still the most popular form of user authentication. An environment where multiple passwords are used (multiple-password environment) causes many issues with regard to information security. Password managers may be one way to improve password management by storing and generating strong passwords. The purpose of this research is to test whether password managers can help to solve the security issues that arise in multiple-password environments. The study addresses the following questions: - How can password managers help to solve the security issues that arise in multiple-password environment? - What factors hinder the use of password managers in multiple-password environments?The method chosen for this is action research. Action research aims at developing a solution to a practical problem. The result of action research is both of value to the practitioners as well as the research community.The results from this study confirms that password management is a big issue in multiple-password environments. It also shows that the implementation of password managers improves the password management regarding weak passwords, reuse of passwords, password notes, and so forth in the organization. This study also presents emerging risks and disadvantages of implementing password managers, educating and informing the users are key factors to counteract these new risks.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 63 p.
Social Behaviour Law, Password Manager, Password Management, Information Security, Multiple-password
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57441Local ID: e1a55681-bdfc-44e2-bb7e-e8dd4adfbdb9OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-57441DiVA: diva2:1030828
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Information Security, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20160616 (global_studentproject_submitter)2016-10-042016-10-04Bibliographically approved