Password Policies

 
 

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Password Policies

Protect Our Corporate Network and Data

Leidos continually assesses best business practices and regular audit findings to ensure the proper level of protection is in place for our corporate network and data environment. The possibility of having valuable information compromised or lost is an increasingly significant threat to Leidos. As a result, it becomes necessary from time to time to update our security policies and practices.


Employee Involvement Is Key

Password security is one area that each Leidos employee can actively assist with by taking care in the choice and protection of passwords. While setting a password may seem trivial, it is the single most important contribution each employee can make to the security of our corporate network infrastructure.


Policies and Standards

Use of Leidos Username/Password accounts must be in accordance with:

You are responsible for all activity occurring through use of your accounts.


Password policy changes FAQ

Password cracking attempts rely on the "brute-force" method, simply trying every possible combination of characters until the correct combination is found. Adding numbers, special characters, and varying the case of a password adds an exponential number of possibilities, dramatically increasing the amount of time needed to brute-force a password.

At one time, a password comprised of 8 letters and one number was considered to be adequate. However, advances in computer technology have dramatically decreased the time it takes to brute-force a password. Adding numbers, special characters, and varying the case of a password adds an exponential number of possibilities, greatly increasing the amount of time needed to brute-force a password. Password strength is our first line of defense in protecting our information at Leidos. Password length is the most important factor in strength. It is important to adhere to industry best practice when since not only does Leidos rely on the strength of our passwords but our customer information that we control is also dependent on our security.

Special Characters are the characters on your keyboard other than numbers or letters, such as $, @, ^, &, +, etc. Windows supports all special characters in passwords. Note that spaces can also be used in a passphrase.

No. As before, customers can get immediate access to their locked accounts by visiting the Employee Self Service Site or by contacting the Leidos Service Desk Toll Free 855-9 LEIDOS (855- 953-4367). Effective with this policy change, the system will now automatically unlock your account after 60 minutes and allow you to log back in, provided you enter the correct password. This can be useful during off-hours when Support staff is not readily available or if you do not have access to ESS.

It is now recommended that you use a passphrase rather than a password. Read about how to create a complex passphrase on the Password Requirements page.

Corporate ITS has launched an initiative to design and implement a corporate wide PKI (Public Key Infrastructure). PKI provides a mechanism for strong authentication, which can provide a foundation for a number of additional benefits. Additional information can be found on Prism.