Password Protection Policy

    Date19 Aug 2009
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Overview Passwords are an integral aspect of our computer security program. Passwords are the front line of protection for user accounts. A poorly chosen password may result in the compromise of critical (organization) resources. As such, all (organization) staff and outside contractors and vendors with access to our systems are responsible for taking the appropriate steps, as outlined below, to select and secure their passwords.

    The purpose of this policy is to establish a standard for creation of strong passwords, the protection of those passwords, and the frequency of change.

    Scope

    The scope of this policy includes all personnel who have or are responsible for an account or any form of access that supports or requires a password on any (organization) system.

    Policy:

    IT Support Professional
    All system-level passwords (e.g., root, enable, admin, application administration accounts, etc.) must be changed every 90 days. All systems administrative-level passwords for production environments must be part of an ITSS administered global password management database. User accounts that have system-level privileges granted through group memberships or programs must have a unique password from all other accounts held by that user. Where SNMP (system network management protocol) is used, the community strings must be defined as something other than the standard defaults of "public," "private" and "system" and must be different from the passwords used to log in interactively. A keyed hash must be used where available (e.g., SNMPv3).

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