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From: Ron Burgess, Executive Vice President
Subject: Password standards required for all faculty, staff and TES employees
Date: May 15, 2020

As a university renowned for instruction, research and service, Auburn is under constant attack by those wishing to steal our innovation and sensitive data. In the age of countless video sessions, the threat has spread to attempts to disrupt teaching and our daily operations.
A strong password policy is central to a multi-layered defense. As a result, all faculty, staff and TES employees are required, if they haven’t already done so, to update passwords according to Auburn’s information security policy. Those who have not done so by July 15 will lose access to their computer accounts.
Our password standards require the following:

  • Between 12 and 32 characters in length

Include at least three of the following:
1) an upper case letter
2) a lower case letter
3) a number, or
4) a special character

More information on good cyber hygiene is available in Auburn’s Information Security Policy as approved and published in May 2019. I encourage everyone to be familiar with these policies.

Please look for more information from the Office of Information Technology, including details on the availability of a free password manager to help you securely store passwords.

While OIT will provide reminders prior to the July 15 deadline, I ask that you today ensure that your passwords are compliant with university standards. It is my hope that you will work with us to help secure the university.
If you have any questions, please contact Chief Information Officer Jim O’Connor or Chief Information Security Officer Bill Miaoulis.

Last modified: May 15, 2020