Password Management System

By Jesse Thomas

What we are doing, and why?

As part of a comprehensive plan for improving information security on campus, the Hamilton Community will be required to strengthen and regularly change passwords they use to access Hamilton systems.

One of the potentially weakest links in computer security is the individual password. Despite our efforts to keep hackers out of your personal files and away from Hamilton-only resources (e.g., email, web files, licensed software), easily-guessed passwords are still a big problem.

To that end, we are going to implement a password management system, a strict password checking system for Hamilton IDs, to combat this problem. You will be prompted to change your password on a more regular basis and the system will prevent you from setting a password that is easily cracked.

What can you expect next?

More information about the new password rules appears below and on the Password Policy webpage. We anticipate completing the testing of the password management system in early April and will be rolling it out to the campus shortly thereafter.

Individuals attending a Security Awareness 101 class over spring break will hear more about the importance of creating strong passwords.

What will be required of you?

In the short-term, familiarize yourself with the new password rules.  When we are ready to implement campus-wide, you will receive an email message with specific instructions to use the password management system.

How can you ask questions or provide feedback?

Please email or call (helpdesk@hamilton.edu, 315-859-4181) the LITS Help Desk with any questions or concerns you have about passwords.

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