Security Standard: Password/Passphrase

Security Standard: Password/Passphrase


This standard applies to RIT account passwords/passphrases.



Passwords for the accounts of users and administrators on RIT computing and networked resources are required to meet the requirements below to the maximum allowable by the device or application:

1.      Password Complexity

1.1.   Passwords should be at least 8-characters. A longer passphrase is preferred. (A passphrase is a sequence of words or other text.)

1.2.   Passwords should contain both upper and lower case letters, at least one number, and one special character.

2.      Password Protection

2.1.   The user or administrator is the sole custodian of the password and should protect the password at all times.

2.2.   Passwords should be physically secured if written down and should be encrypted if stored or transmitted digitally.

2.3.   Passwords should not be shared, unless used for a documented and approved shared account.

2.4.   Passwords used for RIT accounts shall not be used with non-RIT accounts.

3.      Password Changes

3.1.   Passwords should be changed at least annually

3.2.   Passwords should not be reused for the next 6 password changes.

3.3.   Passwords should be changed immediately when:

  • The password is a default or temporary password created by someone other than the user. This includes generic, vendor-supplied, and help/service desk default passwords.
  • The password, or a system, service or application storing, processing or transmitting the password, is suspected to have been shared or compromised.


Effective Date: January 23, 2015

Standard History: June 21, 2004