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Always require strong authentication

This excerpt from "The administrator shortcut guide to patch management" stresses the importance of always requiring strong authentication.

The goal of an authentication system is to verify who a user is, which then determines what data is available to that user. Each company's security level needs will be different, but consider including the following in your password policy: Strong passwords are at least eight characters, do not contain all or part of the user's account name, and contain at least three of the four following categories of characters:

 

  • Uppercase letters

  • Lowercase letters

  • Base 10 digits

  • Symbols found on the keyboard (such as !, @, and #)

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