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NIST Password Requirements

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is responsible for creating the standards and guidelines to help federal agencies implement the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA). NIST guidelines should be cost effective and have the end goal of keeping company information safe.

NIST gives the following recommendations to help guide password management at an enterprise level:

  • Create a password policy that specifies all of the organization’s password management-related requirements.
  • Protect passwords from attacks that capture passwords.
  • Configure password mechanisms to reduce the likelihood of successful password guessing and cracking.
  • Determine requirements for password expiration based on balancing security needs and usability.

A password filter is recommended to improve compliance and meet NIST password requirements. The previous four recommendations can be met using the nFront Password Filter. Many companies trying to reach NIST SP 800-53 compliance have already implemented our software and are NIST compliant.

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