VTA Learner Did You Know?
The RISC VTA Suite is highly configurable. The “VTA Learner Did You Know?” series of blogs highlight features that some users are not aware of. Past examples include Supervisor Utilities and Spaced Learning. If you have suggestions for other topics, submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cyber security is a hot topic. With access to more and more on-line systems, IT professionals are always in a race to stay one step ahead of hackers. Many times IT or Security departments establish rules around password complexity and the frequency that passwords must be changed. You’re probably already familiar with password complexity rules like the password must:
- Have a minimum (and maximum) length
- Include one or more upper case letter
- Include one or more lower case letter
- Include one or more number
- include a “special character” like these: !@#$%^&*+? etc.
Did you know that you can also set rules such as:
- Match x of y conditions. For instance, your password must comply to 3 of the 4 rules above about required characters.
- Disallow 3 or more sequential, identical characters. This would prevent a password of 2222222, for example.
VTA uses what is called a regular expression or rational expression to manage this password complexity. RISC can update this regular expressions to match your company’s cyber security requirements.
Similar to requiring password complexity, some company polices require that passwords are changed after a fixed number of days. This configuration can be changed into RISC’s VTA Learner by sending a request to email@example.com.
Forbidden Words (no, not that kind)
The last password control that few VTA Administrators know about are Forbidden Words. No, not the kind that are forbidden on the radio by the FCC – though they can be included too! This is a list of words that can’t be used as a password. For example, you may list your company name as a forbidden word if you were concerned that employees would use it as their password. Forbidden words are more important when password resets are not required since a user could keep the same password for years.
Want to learn more?
If you are interested in more information about password complexity, cyber security, or any VTA Learner configuration, email firstname.lastname@example.org today.