Password Protection Policy

1. Overview

Passwords are an essential aspect of computer security.  A poorly chosen password may result in unauthorized access and/or exploitation of our resources.  All staff, including contractors and vendors with access to eCuras systems, are responsible for taking the appropriate steps, as outlined below, to select and secure their passwords.

2. Purpose

This policy aims to establish a standard for creating strong passwords and the protection of those passwords.

3. Scope

The scope of this policy includes all personnel who have or are responsible for an account (or any form of access that supports or requires a password) on any system that resides at any eCuras facility, has to access to the eCuras network or stores any non-public eCuras information.

4. Policy

4.1           Password Creation

4.1.1        All user-level and system-level passwords must conform to the Password Construction Guidelines.

4.1.2        Users must use a separate, unique password for each of their work-related accounts.  Users may not use any work-related passwords for their own personal accounts.

4.1.3        User accounts with system-level privileges granted through group memberships or programs such as sudo must have a unique password from all other accounts held by that user to access system-level privileges.  Also, it is highly recommended that some form of multi-factor authentication is used for any privileged accounts

4.2              Password Change

4.2.1        Passwords should be changed only when there is reason to believe a password has been compromised.

4.2.2        Password cracking or guessing may be performed on a periodic or random basis by the Infosec Team or its delegates. If a password is guessed or cracked during one of these scans, the user will be required to change it to comply with the Password Construction Guidelines.

4.3              Password Protection

4.3.1        Passwords must not be shared with anyone, including supervisors and coworkers. All passwords are to be treated as sensitive, Confidential eCuras information. Corporate Information Security recognizes that legacy applications do not support proxy systems in place. Please refer to the technical reference for additional details.

4.3.2        Passwords must not be inserted into email messages, Alliance cases, or other forms of electronic communication, nor revealed over the phone to anyone.

4.3.3        Passwords may be stored only in “password managers” authorized by the organization.

4.3.4        Do not use the “Remember Password” feature of applications (for example, web browsers).

4.3.5        Any user suspecting that his/her password may have been compromised must report the incident and change all passwords.

4.4              Application Development

Application developers must ensure that their programs contain the following security precautions:

4.4.1        Applications must support the authentication of individual users, not groups.

4.4.2        Applications must not store passwords in clear text or any easily reversible form.

4.4.3        Applications must not transmit passwords in clear text over the network.

4.4.4        Applications must provide for some sort of role management, such that one user can take over the functions of another without knowing the other’s password.

4.5              Multi-Factor Authentication

4.5.1        Multi-factor authentication is highly encouraged and should be used whenever possible, not only for work-related accounts but also for personal accounts.

5. Policy Compliance

5.1  Compliance Measurement

The Infosec team will verify compliance with this policy through various methods, including but not limited to periodic walk-thrus, video monitoring, business tool reports, internal and external audits, and feedback to the policy owner.

5.2  Exceptions

The Infosec Team must approve any exception to the policy in advance.

5.3  Non-Compliance

An employee found to have violated this policy may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination of employment.

6. Related Standards, Policies, and Processes

10. Password Construction Guidelines

Revised: March 14th, 2018

Table of Content

  1. Acceptable Encryption Policy
  2. Acceptable Use Policy
  3. Clean Desc Policy
  4. Data Breach Response Policy
  5. Disaster Recovery Plan Policy
  6. Digital Signature Acceptance Policy
  7. Email Policy
  8. Ethics Policy
  9. Pandemic Response Planning Policy
  10. Password Construction Guidelines
  11. Password Protection Policy
  12. Security Response Plan Policy
  13. End User Encryption Key Protection Policy
  14. Acquisition Assessment Policy
  15. Bluetooth Baseline Requirements Policy
  16. Remote Access Policy
  17. Remote Access Tools Policy
  18. Router and Switch Security Policy
  19. Wireless Communication Policy
  20. Wireless Communication Standard
  21. Database Credentials Policy
  22. Technology Equipment Disposal Policy
  23. Information Logging Standard
  24. Lab Security Policy
  25. Server Security Policy 
  26. Software Installation Policy
  27. Workstation Security (For HIPAA) Policy
  28. Web Application Security Policy
  29.  Analog/ISDN Line Security Policy
  30. Anti-Virus Guidelines
  31. Server Audit Policy
  32. Automatically Forwarded Email Policy
  33. Communications Equipment Policy
  34. Dial In Access Policy
  35. Extranet Policy
  36. Internet DMZ Equipment Policy
  37. Internet Usage Policy
  38. Mobile Device Encryption Policy
  39. Personal Communication Devices and Voicemail Policy
  40. Removable Media Policy
  41. Risk Assessment Policy
  42. Server Malware Protection Policy
  43. Social Engineering Awareness Policy
  44. DMZ Lab Security Policy
  45. Email Retention Policy
  46. Employee Internet Use Monitoring and Filtering Policy
  47. Lab Anti Virus Policy
  48. Mobile Employee Endpoint Responsibility Policy
  49. Remote Access Mobile Computing Storage
  50. Virtual Private Network Policy