Public Services Network Password Requirements

Public Services Network (PSN) compliance is a certificate that is available for only UK companies. The purpose of PSN compliance is to have the content available on the internet and shared services be controlled. With shared services available, the UK government wants companies to be aware that what one user does on the PSN, affects the security of all users on the network.

Being a PSN compliant company ensures users that their data will be protected to the best of the company's ability. Furthermore, PSN compliance shows the government that your company has taken the necessary precautions of your network's security policy and controls are in place to allow safe interactions on the PSN.

The Information Security Arm (CESG) and Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) has put together seven tips to help with the password requirements for PSN compliance.

  • Tip 1: Change all default passwords
  • Tip 2: Help users cope with password overload
  • Tip 3: Understand the limitations of user generated passwords
  • Tip 4: Understand the limitations of machine generated passwords
  • Tip 5: Prioritize administrator and remote user accounts
  • Tip 6: Use account lockout and protective monitoring
  • Tip 7: Don't store passwords as plain text

nFront Password Filter can help your company achieve the password requirements for PSN compliance. Many UK based companies have already adopted the nFront Password Filter to be in compliance and ensure better data security by preventing easily hacked passwords.