February 12 marks the 200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. In keeping with a birthday theme, it's also the day all passwords more than a year old will expire for network users at Case Western Reserve University.
The password change policy was approved last October. The February 12 deadline was chosen to give the university community sufficient time to ensure that administrative functions such as grades and course registrations were not negatively impacted.
The password change affects any application that uses the Case Network ID for authentication, such as e-mail accounts, the Student Information System, and ERP and HCM applications, as well as access to the VPN and some library resources.
Case Western Reserve's password policy now requires that all network users refresh their passwords at least once a year. Because passwords are the first layer of access for network users, the Information Security Office has changed the robust complexity (numbers, letter and symbols) rules to improve the defensibility of key university IT systems. Users who have not changed their passwords in at least a year have been receiving e-mail prompts to comply with the new policy.
The Information Security Office is monitoring the overall change metrics, and reports that more than 14,000 user accounts have had password changes in the past six months. Once a user password has been changed, reminder messages will be sent 30 days in advance of the next annual change.
The Case policy for password changes does not apply to alumni accounts.
Go to the ITS Password Web site for complete information.
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