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This policy supports the IT regulations to ensure that passwords used to access computer resources are selected and updated in line with best proactive security standards.
The University IT regulations state that Users must take all necessary steps to protect and maintain the security of any equipment, software, data, storage area and/or passwords allocated for their use. This policy dictates the minimum that a user must do to conform to this requirement when selecting and updating a password.
Password policies are used to mitigate possible attacks against the University IT infrastructure and the data held upon it. Use of long, complex passwords helps to mitigate attacks that attempt to guess passwords, and regular password changes to mitigate long term exploitation of any disclosed or discovered passwords.
To protect University systems and data, users must select a password that is secure and difficult to guess. In accordance with security best practice the following rules are mandatory:
In addition, while not actively enforced by the password creation process.
Passwords must be changed regularly to mitigate the long term exploitation of any disclosed or discovered passwords. It is recommended those passwords are changed every 60 days. It is mandatory that University passwords are changed based on the category of user as follows:
Passwords are the mechanism used to protect the security of University systems and must be protected.
This policy relates to University accounts and is enforced by security settings within the authentication system. The settings and the rationale for determining them for each category of user is detailed in the tables below.
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