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Change in Password Policy

As of January 9, 2017, Learning and Technology Services will be enforcing the new password requirements started by UW-System. The following email was sent out:The UW System Board of Regents and President Ray Cross have approved five information technology policies as of October 2016, written by the UW Information Assurance Council. These policies can be viewed online. LTS is working on the implementation of these policies. Several of the implementations, to be enforced beginning Jan. 8, relate to authentication systems and passwords. See UW System's Information Security: Authentication page for more details.

  • Passwords will be set to expire every 180 days (so if you changed it January 1styou would have to change it again around July 1st)
  • UW-System will require passwords of a minimum of 12 characters in length with three of the four uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers and special characters "~!@#$^&%*()" to access university-owned computers.  We are calling them passphrases and suggesting people use a short sentence that they can remember.
  • After 7 incorrect password attempts your account will be locked out for 30 minutes
  • Your computer will lock after 30 minutes of inactivity