ALPHARETTA, GA, United States, via ETELIGIS INC., 01/30/2015 – – nFront Security, www.nfrontsecurity.com, today announces support for the Stanford password policy settings in their nFront Password Filter product. The new password policy settings give users a much more mobile friendly password policy. Users now have control over the password complexity requirements based on the length of password they choose. Longer passwords will require fewer character types and are typed much more easily on mobile phones.
In April 2014 Stanford University adopted the new length-based password policy after much research on password usage and creation. The new password policy is expected to increase network security and lower helpdesk calls for password related issues. As the length of the password increases, the password requirements become less restrictive.
This password policy is a great step forward in balancing the need for better network security and the ease of use needed by enterprise users. This new feature allows users to choose their level of password complexity based on password length. It is great to see a policy that emphasizes the best metric of password length. Password research shows that the password length is much more important than complexity requirements. Longer passwords have the largest impact in discouraging password hacking attempts.
The Stanford password policy includes the following requirements:
– 8-11 character passwords require the use of upper and lower case, numerical and special characters.
– 12-15 character passwords require the use of upper and lower case and numerical characters.
– 16-19 character passwords require upper and lower case characters
– 20+ characters require lower case characters.
nFront Password Filter makes adoption of the Stanford password policy even easier by including a one-step checkbox to implement the policy requirements. Administrators can still use the nFront product to establish additional password policies within the Windows Active Directory with additional requirements. However, the Stanford settings provide an excellent baseline policy. The nFront Password Filter client further enhances the user experience by showing the exact requirements on the password change screen in the Windows operating system.
About nFront Security
nFront Security specializes in innovative software solutions for network security. The company’s prominent program, nFront Password Filter, protects data integrity by establishing password policies that prevent the use of easily hacked passwords. This enforcement tool is available for Windows Active Directory and Microsoft SQL servers. Companies in more than 20 countries and numerous Fortune 100 companies use nFront Password Filter to meet IRS 1075, SOX, HIPAA, PCI and NERC CIP requirements. For more information, visit www.nfrontsecurity.com or call (404)348-4678.
SOURCE: nFront Security