Free Tool: 8.1.7: Account Lockout Duration

The lockout duration must be at least 30 minutes or until re-enabled by administrator


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8.1.7: Account Lockout Duration   The lockout duration must be at least 30 minutes or until re-enabled by administrator

The purpose of this PCI requirement is to make password guessing attacks impossible by limiting user account access for some time after a certain number of invalid logon attempts. This Action1 query verified that the required account lockout settings are configured on each endpoint for both local and domain accounts.

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8.1.7: Account Lockout Duration

Related Alerts and Reports:

8.1.1: Assign Unique User IDs
    All users must be assigned a unique ID before granting them access to cardholder data
8.1.2: Management of User IDs
    Control addition, deletion, and modification of user ID, credentials and other identifier objects
8.1.3: Revoke Access for Terminated Employees
    Ensure that any terminated users lose their access to corporate systems
8.1.4: Inactive User Accounts
    Remove or disable user accounts that have been inactive for over 90 days
8.1.5: Third Party Accounts
    Enable third-party vendor accounts only when needed and monitor when in use
8.1.6: Account Lockouts
    Limit multiple invalid login attempts by locking out the user ID after 6 attempts
8.1.8: Idle Sessions
    Require user re-authentication after a session has been idle for more than 15 minutes

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