HMC Password Policy

I wanted to draw your attention to the HMC password policy which was approved by Cabinet in November 2011.  It is designed to urge people to maintain strong passwords on HMC systems, which is one important part of protecting shared College resources.

If you are interested in learning more about tools that can help you manage your passwords, take a look at an excellent report that Jeho Park and Calvin Tong produced at

I first started working on a password policy when urged to do so by the College’s financial auditors MossAdams.  I would like to thank the groups and individuals that helped craft the password policy:

  • 2010-11 and 2011-12 Computing Committee Members
  • HMC President’s Cabinet
  • Faculty Executive Committee
  • Department Chairs Committee
  • CIS staff
  • Timothy Buchheim (Computer Science)
  • Claire Connelly (Math)

We all need to maintain good passwords as part of our obligation to protect shared College resources.  Thanks for playing your part!

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