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CISER Computing User's Manual: Passwords

Password requirements

  • Each password must be at least 14 characters long.  Each password must contain at least 3 of the following characteristics:  Uppercase letters, lowercase letters, special characters, digits.
  • Each password must differ from the user's login name or full name, or any permutation of either.
  • New passwords must differ from the old by at least 3 characters.
  • There will have to be 25 password changes using different passwords before a password may be reused.
  • Users will be prompted to change their password every 90 days.

Your password may contain blanks.  CISER encourages the use of passphrases as well as the use of a secure password management tool such as Password Agent.

Forgot your password?  (password resets)

CISER cannot look up your password for you.  If you have a currently active account and forget your password you may reset it yourself.  When you click the Reset Password Now button, you'll need to:

  1. Identify yourself via CUWebLogin.
  2. On the CISER Password Reset page, follow the instructions.  If you cannot see the words in the recaptcha display clearly, click the top blue button until you find a display that you can read.
  3. You will receive an email containing an encrypted link.  Click on the encrypted link to get to your temporary password.
  4. When you log-on to a research server, use this temporary password. 

  5.   ** this will NOT work for CRADC accounts **

    Note: Once you change your password, your temporary password will no longer work.  If you forget your password again, you'll need to reset it again.

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