Student Events-funding Proposal Forms Due Tuesday, September 19

Meet and fund student events-funding proposal forms are found at Student Affairs (m104) and due on Tuesday, September 19.

See the Student Union Intranet story for more details...

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Student Events-funding Proposal Forms Due Tuesday, September 19

Meet and fund student events-funding proposal forms are found at Student Affairs (m104) and due on Tuesday, September 19.

See the Student Union Intranet story for more details...

Graylock Domain Passwords

The Graylock Active Directory Domain utilizes Microsoft technologies.   These technologies are among the most actively attacked and compromised.  The Graylock Domain protects the college's most sensitive and important data.  Strong and secure passwords are along the frontline in preventing unauthorized use and abuse.
 
Graylock Domain passwords have a few restrictions placed upon them:

  • Maximum Password age of 90 days
  • Minimum length of 7 characters
  • Must be a “strong password”

The following definition of strong passwords is from Windows 2003 Server Help:

Strong Passwords
The role that passwords play in securing an organization's network is often underestimated and overlooked. Passwords provide the first line of defense against unauthorized access to your organization. […]

Weak Passwords
Provide attackers with easy access to your computers and network, while strong passwords are considerably harder to crack, even with the password-cracking software that is available today. Password-cracking tools continue to improve, and the computers that are used to crack passwords are more powerful than ever. Password-cracking software uses one of three approaches: intelligent guessing, dictionary attacks, and brute-force automated attacks that try every possible combination of characters. Given enough time, the automated method can crack any password. However, strong passwords are much harder to crack than weak passwords. A secure computer has strong passwords for all user accounts.

A weak password:
  • Is no password at all.
  • Contains your user name, real name, or company name.
  • Contains a complete dictionary word. For example, Password is a weak password.

A strong password:
  • Is at least seven characters long.
  • Does not contain your user name, real name, or company name.
  • Does not contain a complete dictionary word.
  • Is significantly different from previous passwords. Passwords that increment (Password1, Password2, Password3 ...) are not strong.
  • Contains characters from each of the following four groups:
GroupExamples
Uppercase lettersA, B, C ...
Lowercase lettersa, b, c ...
Numerals0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Symbols found on the keyboard (all keyboard characters not defined as letters or numerals)` ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & * ( ) _ + - = { } | [ ] \ : " ; ' < > ? , . /

It is OK to write down your passwords, but they are worth more to MCAD than all the cash on campus and must be kept in a safe place. It is not acceptable to put them on your monitor, beneath your mouse pad, keyboard, etc.
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