Establishing System Passwords

UCA Information Technology Policies

SUBJECT: Establishing SYSTEM PASSWORDS

REFERENCE NUMBER: 1.2.2
REVISION:
DATE: 25 Jan 2011
STATUS: APPROVED

POLICY
Passwords meant to provide access to UCA systems must have a minimum length of 8 characters. The password must consist of alpha and non-alpha characters.

Passwords will expire every 90 days.

A new password may not be the same as any of the previous six passwords.

COMMENTS

  • Alpha characters would include the letters A – Z
  • Non alpha-characters would include numbers 0-9 and other non letter characters. In order to maintain compatibility with other systems it would be best not to use the following characters, @ $ & ” ( ) , < > ` ; = #
  • While not specified as being required, the current password maximum length is 30 characters
  • The current mainframe system is not technically capable of fully performing the standard set by this policy. It will be phased out with the implementation of the Banner system.

 

Password examples:

1qaz2wsx correct Meets criteria specified above
1973dodge correct Meets criteria specified above
chapter26 correct Meets criteria specified above
abcdefgh incorrect Contains alpha characters only (letters)
12345678 incorrect Contains non-alpha characters only
br549 incorrect Password is too short