May the 4th be with you, Cinco de Mayo…World Password Day?

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y., and WASHINGTON D.C., May 5, 2022 – After raising a lightsaber and a margarita, the Center for Internet Security wants to help raise awareness of good, strong passwords. The first Thursday in May has been designated World Password Day, a time to take a few minutes to double and triple-check the passwords we use daily.

Here are some quick and easy tips from CIS:

  • Use passphrases, rather than a password. A passphrase contains a number of words, making it easy to remember but harder to crack.
  • Don’t use words that relate to personal information. Pets’ names, children’s names, favorite teams, or anything that could be guessed by a quick search of social media.
  • Limit dictionary words. Try a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. A good example might be something like R@sesR3dV10letsBlu3.
  • Use a password manager. These are system-created, strong passwords that are less likely to be guessed. The password is stored by the password manager.
  • Use multi-factor authentication (MFA). MFA allows the user to present two, or more, pieces of evidence when logging in to an account, and is the most secure user authentication method available.

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The Center for Internet Security, Inc. (CIS®) makes the connected world a safer place for people, businesses, and governments through our core competencies of collaboration and innovation. We are a community-driven nonprofit, responsible for the CIS Critical Security Controls® and CIS Benchmarks, globally recognized best practices for securing IT systems and data. We lead a global community of IT professionals to continuously evolve these standards and provide products and services to proactively safeguard against emerging threats. Our CIS Hardened Images® provide secure, on- demand, scalable computing environments in the cloud. CIS is home to the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (MS-ISAC®), the trusted resource for cyber threat prevention, protection, response, and recovery for U.S. State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (SLTT) government entities, and the Elections Infrastructure Information Sharing and Analysis Center® (EI-ISAC®), which supports the rapidly changing cybersecurity needs of U.S. election offices. To learn more, visit or follow us on Twitter: @CISecurity.


Kelly Wyland, Media Relations Manager
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