Password Requirements Info

Full cooperation with this policy is expected so that all security goals are met. If you have any questions please contact the Help Desk at x4325 or email us.

Network and client operating system (and Outlook) Passwords must meet the following criteria (We recommend using a passphrase):

Passphrase Example: JohnWoodCCistheBest!

  • May not contain all or part of the user's account name or part of your full name that exceeds two consecutive characters
  • May not be one of your last five passwords.
  • Must contain at least sixteen characters long.
  • May contain spaces
  • Password must contain characters from three of the five categories:
  1. English uppercase characters (A through Z, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
  2. English lowercase characters (a through z, sharp-s, with diacritic marks, Greek and Cyrillic characters)
  3. Numeric (0 - 9)
  4. Special Characters (exclamation point [!], dollar sign [$], caret [^], etc.)
  5. Any Unicode character that is categorized as an alphabetic character but is not uppercase or lowercase. This includes Unicode characters from Asian languages.

If you would like to check to see how strong you password\passphrase is, use the online password checker (powered by Kaspersky)

  • Passwords should not be spoken, written, emailed, hinted at, shared, or in any way known to anyone other than the user involved. This includes supervisors and personal assistants.
  • Passwords should not be your name, address, date of birth, username, nickname, or any term that could easily be guessed by someone who is familiar with you.
  • Passwords should not be displayed or concealed on your workspace.

Updated: 4/6/18