Tips for creating strong network user IDs

Get best practices for creating a strong network user ID in this featured ITKnowledge Exchange discussion.

The following is the ITKnowledge Exchange Tip of the Week for Sept. 27, 2004.

Question

"GPHdo6" of Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield writes:
What should a network user ID look like for strong security? I don't believe it should contain any part of the user's legal name. Agree? So what do you use to create a user ID? Should users be able to change their user IDs?

Responses

  • "SALOMON" writes: One of the best practices is to use Tokens (hardware).
  • "ITAudit" writes: Try the user company number.
  • "PankajAnand" writes: One option is user employee number. You can also add user company ID or some letter to the employee number (e.g. A123456, where A can be company specific and prefixes user employee number 123456). The user should never be able to change user ID. It should be consistent across the organization.
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