• FISD Account: Password Complexity Regulation

    In order to promote better password security practices, FISD recommends that all employees (and 3-12 students) try to shift away from passwords, and instead use passphrases. While functionally identical, passphrases have 3 measured benefits over their older-style counterparts:

    1. Passphrases are easier to remember
    2. Passphrases are harder to guess or brute force
    3. Passphrases are easier to create, and easier to meet password requirements

     

    A few examples of a good passphrase are:

    • Houston, we have liftoff!
    • Party in the USA!
    • My favorite number is 42.

     

    When trying to decide upon your own passphrase, think of favorite movie quotes, song lyrics, or a short factual statement. A passphrase can ultimately be any short series of words and punctuation that you can easily repeat.

    Please do not use the above examples yourself, but note that they meet both the length requirement, and complexity requirements of our passwords.



    Staff

    • Minimum 14 characters
    • Expires after 365 days (IT Staff members are set to 180) 
    • No simple passwords (password1234567)
    • No parts of given name
    • No part of username
    • At least 3 of the following 4 requirements
      • Uppercase letter
      • Lowercase letter
      • Number
      • Special Character
        • (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/)

     

    Students PK-2

    • Password is 12345678
    • Never Expires

     

    Students 3-12

    • Minimum 8 characters
    • Expires after 365 days
      • Forced password reset for all students every summer
    • No simple passwords (password1234567)
    • No parts of given name
    • No part of username
    • At least 3 of the following 4 requirements
      • Uppercase letter
      • Lowercase letter
      • Number
      • Special Character
        • (~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;"'<>,.?/)