From: IT Express Computing Services Help Desk 
Date: December 2, 2009 8:59:54 AM PST
Subject: Computing Accounts Site Updates Enforce New Campus Passphrase Standards


At 10am on Tuesday, December 8, 2009, IET will roll out an updated
version of the Computing Accounts Web site
( This site will make creating a new
account and changing passphrases easier and more secure and will
enforce updated campus passphrase standards.

New Passphrase Standards
New passphrase standards have been developed in consultation with a
number of technical and administrative committees on campus over the
past year, including the Campus Council for Information Technology
(CCFIT), Technical Infrastructure Forum (TIF), and TIF-Security

The campus’s new passphrase standards no longer require awkward
passwords with a variety of character types (e.g., punctuation,
numbers, symbols). The new standard, which is generally met by using
a minimum of 12 characters, requires more characters but fewer
character types, and accepts a combination of short dictionary
words. The new standard is based on the probability that a password
can be guessed in an automated attack. All passwords established
prior to December 8, 2009 must be changed by late fall 2010 to meet
the new passphrase standard.

Summary Of Site Changes
Key changes to the Computing Accounts site include:

Next Steps
At this time, only those individuals creating new accounts or
resetting forgotten passwords will be required to meet the new
passphrase standards. However, anyone wishing to upgrade to the new,
stronger passphrase may do so by visiting the Computing Accounts
site after December 8 and selecting the "Change your passphrase"

Beginning in winter quarter, IET will work with campus technical
support staff and the campus community to transition all users to
the updated passphrase standards. Additional information about the
strategy for doing so will be available in January.

Please contact the IT Express Computing Services Help Desk at
530-754-HELP (4357) or

IT Express

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