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Password recovery

Good security practices dictate the use of password protection on sensitive and confidential documentation that requires protection.  There have been a number of recent instances of confidential information being “found” in places it really should not have been left (like trains, taxis and buses).

What happens when the password for these documents is lost, forgotten or the person controlling the password and subsequently the protected information leaves the company?

Password Recovery is the process of recovering passwords from data that has been stored in or transmitted by a computer system. A common approach is to repeatedly try guessing the password.   This can be time consuming and often has little success.

The purpose of password recovery might be to help a user recover a forgotten password, to gain access to a system or file, or as a preventive measure by system administrators to check for easily crackable passwords.

Deloitte’s password recovery capability enables password recovery from more than 80 applications (including Microsoft Office products).

We harness the processing power of a dedicated forensic network to decrypt files and perform robust password recovery. Using this distributed processing system we can process in excess of 500,000 passwords per second.  The password on a Microsoft Office file (word or excel) will normally be recovered within a day.

If you have any questions or need us to assist with your password recovery needs contact:

Barry Foster 
Associate Director, Forensics

Jon Pearse
Manager, Forensics

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