Enterprise Password Management: 1Password, Dashlane, or LastPass
Aside from email security, the password aspect of cyber security matters too.
And with Bring Your Own Device (or Doom) culture popping all over startups and SMEs alike, it is crucial that your IT personnel at least takes care of password management.
What does a password management tool do?
- It simplifies the password process;
- It can also generate passwords for different sites;
- Single-sign on processes;
- Your employees do not have to remember tons of passwords used online and offline;
- You can centrally manage all the passwords for your employees, should they lose it, they can even use a self-service tool to reset the password;
- You can share passwords based on roles and credentials, with the ability to track usage in a web console;
- And more!
Let’s take a look at some of them.
If you are talking about affordable password managers, you cannot go wrong with LastPass.
But you can.
They experienced recent hacks in 2011, with coverage by CNET over here; and again in 2015. Forbes coverage here, and LastPass’s CEO’s blog post here responding to the hacks.
Just when they and we thought it was over…they were hacked again in March 2017. CNET coverage here.
On the enterprise plan, you will get better rates, if you have above 100 employees. Find out more about pricing here.
Be sure to also use their 14 days trial for either Teams or Enterprise to test out its features.
Dashlane is an all-round password manager but it can get a little pricy when you move to their business plans.
From what we can see, if you have less than 100 users, you are looking at an annual subscription of US$24 (~S$35) per user.
Some of the more notable features on top of what they provide in their Premium plans for consumers, your company will be looking at:
- Smart Spaces for work, and personal data
- Admin console for simple user management
- Employee password security dashboard
- Simple provisioning for new users
- Easy employee offboarding
The last bit is important.
This removes the employee from the business, and prevents unauthorized access,
The exiting employee will get bumped to the free plan for whatever they were using Dashlane for in their personal space.
You will get a discount as your business grows, and need to add more users. Learn more about their prices here.
They are offering a 30 days trial for up to 30 users.
Clearly 1Password is not new to cyber security.
They recently rolled out one of its more important features that allows its users to use Travel Mode.
What this does is it temporarily remove all passwords, credit cards, and other stored data from a user’s device.
This can be important when you travel a lot for business or leisure, because there are increasing number of requests of border guards asking to search your phone as reported by the New York Times here.
When Travel Mode is activated from the web, all vaults that aren’t marked “safe” will be completely pulled from any devices they were syncing to.
That means there will be no data left for anyone to search through, even if a they somehow gained access.
Once Travel Mode is deactivated, the missing vaults will sync across all devices again.
For their Standard plan, you can expect all the bells and whistles, and:
- Basic access control
- Email support
- 1 GB storage per person
- 30 day item history
For their Pro plan, everything you find in Standard in included, along with:
- Advanced access control
- Priority Email support
- 5 GB storage per person
- Unlimited item history
- Custom groups
- Activity Log
- Custom roles
Finally, if you have a whole lot more employees unlike startups and SMEs, and that you require even more features, you can contact 1Password directly for a custom quote.