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Read up on the latest industry trends, stories from the Kordia community, the success of our partners and, occasionally, our own news.

Four basic tips for a successful Teams implementation

14/06/2021 1:42:11 PM | By Murray Goodman

Covid-19 has changed the way we work. The shift to remote working created a sharp rise in businesses embracing messaging and cloud collaboration platforms like Teams. These tools continue to be used after the lockdowns. 

Zero Trust: Game Changer or Engagement Killer?

20/05/2021 12:18:43 PM | By Regan Hughes

Most of us are now familiar with remote working. We may still have the occasional tech challenge connecting to video calls or screen sharing, but by-and-large we can be productive both in the office and at home.


Everything you know about passwords is probably wrong

6/05/2021 12:08:01 PM | By Hilary Walton

One of my children recently came to me boasting that they had thought of the best, most un-crackable password idea. Turns out it was ‘password’.

They also thought it would be brilliant to write it down on a post-it note and stick it on the wall of our home office, that way it wouldn’t be forgotten. It’s safe to say that I advised them it was not a smart idea and showed them instead how to find a strong, unique password.

Our brains aren’t wired right for passwords. More often than not we find ourselves using the ‘forgot password’ function and end up resetting our accounts with the same or similar passwords in an attempt to remember them next time.

Unfortunately, hackers have cottoned on to the fact we do this and are making the most of it. Often hackers don’t break into your network, they simply log in. If your password is weak, you’re at risk of a cybercriminal discovering it and using it to slip unnoticed into your systems and network.

It’s so important that we all take a moment to assess our password habits and get better password posture to reduce our risk of invasion.

Get better password habits

You may be surprised to hear that the age-old 8-character minimum password with a symbol, number and/or uppercase letter isn’t recommended anymore.

Kordia research shows that a third of Kiwis use the same password across work and personal accounts when logging into apps, computers or websites. It also showed that only half of businesses think their employees understand good password practice.

The new aim of the game is long and strong passwords. More than 14 characters and ideally a series of words or a phrase is best. For example, the combination ‘bookwallpapertablecoffee’ would take 7 quadrillion years for a cyber criminal’s password software to discover.

In comparison, ‘bookwallpaper’ would take a year to crack and ‘bookwallpapertable’ would take 23 million years. Random words based on your surroundings can be highly effective – and there’s no need for numbers, symbols, or strategically placed uppercase letters!

However, no matter how complex your password is, it’s useless if you’ve used it across multiple accounts.

Don’t sleep on password managers

Lists of compromised email addresses and passwords from large-scale breaches have been leaked online or even sold on the dark web. If one of your accounts has been compromised and you use the same password and login email across different websites, a hacker can easily reuse credentials to log in and steal your data.

I doubt you can count the number of accounts you’ve created in your life for various apps and websites. That’s why a password manager is vital.

A password manager such as LastPass, 1Password, or even an iPhone’s KeyChain function like an old address book did. It stores your username and password combinations for websites and can even automatically log you in to each website. Then you only have to remember one unbreakable password and the manager does the rest for you.

There's no harm in re-wiring your password habits. While you may not have been a target before with your password of '123456', hackers are constantly trying to log in and you shouldn't be surprised if you're next. 


Kordia builds out IT services division, acquires Base2

3/05/2021 10:05:34 AM | By Media Release

Kordia has strengthened its modern workplace capabilities with the strategic acquisition of Auckland-headquartered Base2.

Kordia announces Sheridan Broadbent as new Chair

22/04/2021 9:19:30 AM | By Media Release

Kordia Group welcomes its new Chair, Sheridan Broadbent, as John Quirk steps down from the position after more than a decade in the role.

Why patching is fundamental for cyber resilience

30/03/2021 11:12:28 AM | By Kordia

Remember when WannaCry first hit the headlines in 2017? The crypto ransomware attack capitalised on a Microsoft Windows vulnerability, spreading through networks, and holding files ransom with a Bitcoin demand. 

Research reveals big difference between how employees and IT decision makers view cyber security

5/03/2021 11:30:53 AM | By Media Release

The ‘human factor’ has long been a weak link when it comes to cyber security.

Cloud security: What you need to know

19/02/2021 9:39:39 AM | By EMRGE

Modern businesses need their IT environment to be flexible, powerful, and reliable. This is how the cloud excels.

Risk, cost and opportunity loss – how legacy apps hinder your business in the face of growth

19/02/2021 9:39:16 AM | By Logan Ringland

Business focus, shadow IT, managerial changes, technology evolution, apathy, inertia - these are just some of the reasons organisations of today are facing major challenges around digital transformation.  


11/02/2021 11:11:23 AM | By Peter Bailey

Recent cyber breaches have made the dangers of third-party risk clear. In an exploit known as the SolarWinds attack, suspected Russian hackers gained access to multiple United States Government agencies and up to 200 private companies.

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