Minimum length of 7 characters and contains both numeric and alphabetic characters |
Strong passwords are key to protecting the network from attackers. Hackers will attempt to crack passwords using dictionary-based attacks and any passwords that are too short or too simple to guess are easier to crack and use to compromise the system. This Action1 query inspects endpoint configuration to verify that the password policy is configured to require a minimum password length of 7 characters and to contain both numbers and letters.
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Related Alerts and Reports:
8.2.1: Strong Cryptography for Passwords
Verify that all authentication credentials are rendered unreadable during storage and transmission
8.2.4.a: Change Passwords Every 90 Days
Password policy must force users to change their passwords regularly so they don’t get compromised
8.2.5.a: Disallow Reusing of Old Passwords
Do not allow anyone to change their password to any of the last four passwords they have used
Find more information on 8.2.3.a: Password Complexity Requirements at Microsoft TechNet.