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Mike Natalizio

Recent Posts by Mike Natalizio:

The 25 Most-Hacked Passwords of 2011

As more and more transactions move online, cyber liability is an issue of growing concern for businesses.  The good news here is that most data and privacy breaches are preventable; simple things like creating strong passwords can go a long way toward protecting your company’s  information.  While we’ve all heard the criteria for strong passwords, those of us still using “password” as the access code to our accounts aren't contributing much to fighting the cybersecurity battle.

A software firm called SplashData analyzed millions of stolen password posted in online hacker forums over the last year.  From this data, the company compiled a list of the 25 most-hacked passwords of 2011.  

Many of the easiest to hack passwords were sequences of numbers or patterns based on the layout of the keyboard. Common names like “ashley” and “michael” also made the list.  If your password happens to be among these, it’s time to change it!

The top 25 most-hacked passwords in 2011 were:

  • password
  • 123456
  • 12345678
  • qwerty
  • abc123
  • monkey
  • 1234567
  • letmein
  • trustno1
  • dragon
  • baseball
  • 111111
  • iloveyou
  • master
  • sunshine
  • ashley
  • bailey
  • passw0rd
  • shadow
  • 123123
  • 654321
  • superman
  • qazwsx
  • michael
  • football

If data security is a concern for your business (hint: it should be), it might be time to remind your employees what constitutes a strong password.  A "good" password is one that is easy to remember but difficult to guess. Some quick tips for creating a crack proof password are:

  1. Use 8 characters or more, and try to mix in letters, numbers and special characters.
  2. Steer clear of names of spouses, children, girlfriends/boyfriends or pets, and don't use phone numbers, Social Security numbers or birthdates.
  3. Try using a series of words to form a sentence – a longer password is harder to crack, and a sentence can be easier to remember than random strings of characters.
  4. Use the first letters of words and characters in a song lyric to form a password.  (for example, “O beautiful, for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain” would become “Ob,fss,fawog”)

Once you’ve come up with a solid password, safeguard it!  Many people write themselves reminder notes and stick them under their keyboard or mousepad – or worse, right on their monitor.

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Are you Captivated?

Account Executive

Companies both large and small are struggling to manage the cost of traditional insurance.  Many business owners are now looking to captives as a possible solution.  Captives are certainly an option worth considering, but may not be a fit for all kinds of businesses.

Topics: Transportation Construction Manufacturing

What's YOUR ROI?

President & CEO

ROI is and has been the language of many business owners.  People want to know what they're getting out of their financial commitments, and they'll pay for what they can quantify. 

Topics: Transportation Construction Manufacturing

Data Shows Driver Shortage is Affecting 70% of Carriers

Transport Capital Partners publishes a Business Expectation Survey every quarter that takes a pulse on trends in the trucking industry.  Trucking executives from across the country are
interviewed on topics such as rate trends, future volume expectations, and interest in buying or selling firms in the future.  The 19-page document is packed with insights about the industry. [When this document is available to share, we'll post a link.] 

Topics: Transportation

Beware of the 2011 OSHA Top 10

Advisory Practice Leader & Associate VP

OSHA released its Top 10 Most Cited Violations of 2011 today at the National Safety Council’s annual conference. Construction grabbed three spots, including #1 and #2 on the list.  The remainder of the most cited violations can be found in any industry. 

Topics: Transportation Construction Safety / Compliance Manufacturing

Mississippi CSA Reporting Falling Behind

Associate Vice President, HNI

CSA promised to provide an unprecedented dose of transparency and accountability to the transportation industry.  But this isn’t possible if CSA scores aren’t accurately reported.

Topics: Transportation

Using Health Plan Benchmarking Data to Forecast the Future [Video]

With the costs of health care continuously rising, employers need to arm themselves with the facts. The trends that emerge from benchmarking data are our only hope for predicting and planning for the future of health care.

Topics: Transportation Construction HR / Employee Benefits Manufacturing

Which Way to the Endzone?

On the football field, it’s pretty easy to know where you stand. The great quarterbacks — Manning, Brady, Favre — seem to have an internal clock, a rhythm for the game. They just know when the 30-second clock is about to run out.  The rest of us can look up to the scoreboard to see a quick summary of the game — the score, the time remaining, the play clock. 

Topics: Transportation Construction Manufacturing

The Business Need Even Steve Jobs is Neglecting

You’ve been warned of the dangers of not having a well defined succession plan.  The potential problems run the gamut from family conflict to negative tax ramifications, to financial security issues putting your legacy at risk.  

Topics: Transportation Construction Manufacturing Leadership / Strategy

Missed Advanced Recruiting in Transportation?

We've held a couple HNI University events on this topic, Advanced Recruiting in Transportation, and it's always been a huge success.  We cover a wide range of topics related to driver recruiting with the growing shortage of qualified applicants including:

Topics: Transportation