Eliminating the Burden of Periodic Password Reset: The NIST 800-63b password guidelines include password policy changes that can improve everyone’s experience with passwords.

Eliminating the Burden of Periodic Password Reset

The NIST 800-63b password guidelines include password policy changes that can improve everyone’s experience with passwords, including eliminating the forced periodic password reset. The most publicized recommendation is throwing away password complexity rules and this recommendation is still hotly contested on many security forums. However, what really catches the attention of most Active Directory and system admins, is the instruction …

NIST-800-63

NIST Special Publication 800-63 is Final

The big changes to NIST password recommendations we’ve been talking about are now official: NIST 800-63 is final. It’s important to know that this overhaul is about more than just passwords. It’s a full reworking of digital identity guidelines with a suite of new documents and a flexible approach to using them.

Looking Closer at NIST Guidelines for Checking Compromised Credentials

NIST suggests passwords should be screened against commonly-used, expected, or compromised passwords. This is intended to ensure passwords are not found in common cracking dictionaries that would make them easy to guess. These checks can occur at account creation and password reset. But then what? How do you know if they are still safe after time?