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Policy: Mandatory MUnet password change

Statement of Policy

  • All MUnet users must change their MUnet passwords from the default, and then every 180 days or 365 days thereafter, depending on the complexity of the password provided


  • Assistant Vice President, IT Services Security Compliance & Risk Management

Reason for Policy

  • MUnet passwords are used with services such as myMiami, Canvas, BannerWeb, Miami Directory, email, and MInE. Due to the sensitive nature of the information that underlies these services, IT Services has implemented two rules for the mandatory change of MUnet password every 180 days or 365 days, depending on the complexity of the password provided
    • Services that are not affected include Native Banner and LISTSERV: Go directly to each service and use the password change function available for that service

Entities Affected by Policy

  • All MUnet users


Grace period for changing your MUnet password

  • If you have not changed your password in the last 180 days (six months) or 365 days (ong year), you will have an extra 14 days to change it. The 14-day grace period starts the first time you access any web-based service (such as myMiami) after the 180 days or 365 days. When you log in to a web-based service, you will see a notice that your password has expired. You have the option of changing your password immediately or waiting until a later date. Once your grace period lapses, you will not be able to use web-based services such as BannerWeb or myMiami until you change your password.


Choose your MUnet password carefully

  • Poorly-chosen passwords are responsible for many compromised or damaged accounts
  • Great passwords should be difficult to guess, contain both letters, numbers and special characters, and are non-dictionary terms
  • When creating your MUnet password, it should should meet one of the following complexity guidelines:
  1. Password will expire every 180 days (six months): Created with a length of eight or more characters and contain one character from each of the following:
    • Upper case letters: A–Z
    • Lower case letters: a–z
    • Number: 0–9
  2. Password will expire every 365 days (one year): Created with a length of ten or more characters and contain one character from each of the following:
    • Upper case letters: A–Z
    • Lower case letters: a–z
    • Number: 0–9
    • Special character: ~!@#$%^&*()_+`{}[]:";'<>?,./


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