Banner Password Complexity enhancement and CS Maintenance for Thursday, July 10th, 2014

****Banner Password Complexity-enhanced security for ASU data****

In accordance with industry standards and to increase the protection of the personal information of our students, parents and employees, Computing Services is taking the action to enhance the complexity of passwords that are used to authenticate to the Banner system. Beginning the week of July 14, and after your current password expires, you will be required to create a new password which uses a new set of standards. Those standards will be posted on the main Banner login page.

We understand that this will create an inconvenience for our Banner users and apologize for having to take these steps. But the threat from cyber criminals to steal personal information from institutions who store sensitive data is at critical levels. As always, if you have difficulty when changing your password, the ASU Helpdesk is always available to assist you.

To make storing passwords easier, we suggest installing the ‘Password Gorilla’ password management utility. This is a tool that helps you store all of your passwords securely and is controlled by a single master password. That way you only have to remember that single master password.

****Maintenance for Thursday, July 10th****

The following maintenance activities will take place tonight, Thursday July 10th during our normally scheduled maintenance window:

At 9:00 PM Computing Services will be installing security patches on employee computers for the following programs: Java, Windows and Office updates. Users are encouraged to log off when leaving work for the day to assist the installation of these patches.

Beginning at 9:00 PM and lasting roughly 3 hours, we will be performing various security updates on all networking and web services. There may be very brief outages as we reboot the systems, but user impact should be minimal.

Computing Services thanks you for your patience and understanding as we perform these critical maintenance activities. As always, if you have any questions, please call the ASU Computing Services Helpdesk at 7741 or contact us via email at

Thank you!

Computing Services