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All CNM users are governed by the Technology Use Policy.

Account passwords are crucial in the protection of CNM's information, systems and networks because they provide a first line defense against an attack by a hacker.

Selection of a strong password provides protection for the user and the system accounts.

Password Requirements

You will be required to change your password every 365 days, or whenever a compromise to your account is suspected. You are required to protect your password at all times.

Here are the system requirements for your CNM password:

  • Must be a minimum of 8 characters
  • Must begin with a letter, use two or more numbers, and have a special character (e.g., *, %, !).

New passwords cannot:

  • Repeat your current password
  • Reuse your last 4 passwords
  • Contain your name or CNM username

Password Safety

Be careful when entering your password into devices around other people. If you feel like your password security has been compromised, change your password.

Here are some things to avoid:

  • Don't share or tell anyone your password. Be aware of "social engineers" (someone trying to trick you into giving them your password).
  • Don't send your password via email in response to any request, no matter how official that request appears.
  • Don't respond to a request to go to a link to provide your password.
  • Don't store your passwords on your computer (if Windows prompts you to "Save Password" don't do it.