Password Policy - External


Strong passwords have the following characteristics:
  • Contain eight to twelve of the following alphanumeric character classes in random order: one Lower case character one Upper case character three Numeric characters.

Weak passwords have the following characteristics:
  • The password contains less than eight characters 

  • The password is a word found in a dictionary (English or foreign)

  • The password is a common usage word such as:

    • Names of family, pets, friends, co-workers, fantasy characters, etc. o Computer terms and names, commands, sites, companies, hardware, software.

    • The word "",””,” or any derivation.

    • Birthdays and other personal information such as addresses and phone numbers.

    • Word or number patterns like aaabbb, qwerty, zyxwvuts, 123321, etc. 

    • Any of the above spelled backwards.

    •  Any of the above preceded or followed by a digit (e.g., secret1, 1secret) Try to create passwords that can be easily remembered. One way to do this is create a password based on a song title, affirmation, or other phrase. For example, the phrase might be: "This May Be One Way To Remember" and the password could be: "TmB1w2R!" or "Tmb1W>r~" or some other variation. (NOTE: Do not use either of these examples as passwords!)

Password Protection Standards
  • Always use different passwords for Mornington Communications accounts from other non-Mornington Communications access (e.g.,  Facebook, benefits, etc.). 

  • Do not share Mornington Communications passwords with anyone, including administrative assistants or secretaries. All passwords are to be treated as sensitive, confidential Mornington Communications information. 

  • Passwords should never be written down or stored on-line without encryption. 

  • Do not reveal a password in email, chat, or other electronic communication. Do not speak about a password in front of others. 

  • Do not hint at the format of a password (e.g., "my family name")

  • Do not reveal a password on questionnaires or security forms 

  • If someone demands a password, refer them to this document and direct them to the Information Security Department.

  • Always decline the use of the "Remember Password" feature of applications (e.g., Windows, Outlook, Netscape Messenger). 

  • If an account or password compromise is suspected, report the incident to the Information Security Department. 

 

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