June 1, 2006
Organizations' greatest security vulnerabilities lie in the strength of their passwords. Simple or shared passwords are ineffective and aid hackers and others in their illicit attempts to access the organization's sensitive, proprietary, and confidential data. Protecting the organization's computers, systems, data, and communications from unauthorized access is of paramount importance, and strong passwords play a critical role in the process.
This policy's purpose is to ensure that every employee, contractor, temporary worker, and volunteer understands and agrees to abide by specific guidelines for creating, managing, and maintaining passwords. In this download you'll find a policy that you can use along with an article explaining why password policies are important. Finally, you'll find a risk assessment spreadsheet that will help you figure out how important a password policy is for your organization.