There's no shortage of advice for how CISOs should design password policies. Cycle passwords every six months. Must include a special character, a capital and a lower case. Minimum of eight characters.

But as anyone who has seen their parents' passwords can attest, it's easy to follow basic rules and still come up with an easy to crack password. After all, "Password1!" is almost as easy to brute force as "password."

Carnegie Mellon University's CyLab will present a paper next month on a scientifically backed password policy, allowing users to efficiently select passwords.

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