Password violations are the Number One security problem on networks today. This policy is designed to ensure that all College and individual data stored on the network are protected through reasonable and appropriate use of password security. Users who violate this policy will be held responsible for a breach of security and any impact this may have on the integrity of data or performance of the network.
An initial password is set for you at the time you receive your account; your password is set as your student ID. Novell Network, Google Mail, WebCT and NetStorage all use the same login and password.
Examples of activities which will jeopardize your privilege to access the College's computer resources include:
Writing down your password and posting it in your work area
Sharing your password with others
Keying in your password for others to use
Sending your password over the Internet or through e-mail
Giving your password to an unknown person either in person or over the phone
Should a password be compromised, the owner should change his/her password immediately, to avoid future unauthorized access. Otherwise, passwords should be changed periodically, once every 6 months is our policy.
Authorized users of CSS computer networks and resources include faculty, staff, official guests and all currently registered students, both within the traditional campus and beyond. Temporary privileges will be given, as appropriate, for official guests at the College.
Password Policy Recommendations
Below are recommendations to follow when selecting passwords.
Non-obvious passwords are more secure if they:
Are at least 8 characters long and include at least one number
Consist of a mixture of upper-and lower-case letters -or- special characters (!*&%$)
Microsoft provides a free password quality checker here
Suggestions for selecting GOOD passwords:
Passwords should be easy to remember so you don't have to write them down.
Use letters from a phrase or song or something that is meaningful to you. For example; Mfswb@slh02 (My first son was born at st lukes hospital in 2002) or Ds2c2me! ( Don't stand to close to me!)
Make a sentence: urOK4me* or iMin2h0ck$y
Examples of BAD Passwords:
Any proper name (like smith or johnm)
A place or proper noun (like duluth)
Any word in the English or Foreign dictionary
A street name, telephone number, license number
A birthday or anniversary date
Passwords with the same letter (like aaaaa)
Simple patterns of letters from the keyboard (like qwerty)
Any of the above spelled backward
Any of the above followed by a single digit
Easily associated with you or your interests
If you write down your password, follow these precautions:
Do not identify it as a password
Do not attach it to ANY part of the computer or work area
Make the written version different from the original
Do not include the computer or account name
If you need assistance in changing your password or have any questions, please contact the Help Desk at extension 5911.