Active Directory (AD) is a directory of people, computers, and groups that provides a way to manage security, software and other aspects of the computers. Through the central AD services, Information Technology Services (ITS) is able to provide authentication to the computers participating in the AD using SF State ID, eliminating the need for a separate local or other accounts.
Passwords are an important aspect of computer systems security. They are typically the first line of protection for user accounts. A poorly chosen password may result in a serious breach in network and systems security resulting in loss or exposure of SF State Confidential Data and system compromise.
The purpose of this Practice Directive is to ensure devices are running operating systems that can be maintained securely to comply with CSU and SF State regulations regarding security of information, and to protect SF State Confidential data.
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