Enhanced password security for employees

On Tuesday, May 13, 2014 between 8:30 and 9 a.m. SF State passwords for all Administration and Finance, Advancement, and Student Affairs employees will have enhanced password security rules:

  • Require passwords to expire after 180 days
  • Lock accounts for 15 minutes following 8 failed password attempts
  • Require new passwords to be different to old passwords


If you have not changed your password in the past 180 days, do so now from: http://www.sfsu.edu/reset

Remember to update the password on all your devices – computers, tablets and phones – to ensure your account doesn’t become locked repeatedly due to failed password attempts. If your account becomes locked you should update all devices that may be using the old password and wait 15 minutes before trying again.

This password policy enhancement is necessary to resolve a CSU audit finding and is documented in the SF State password policy effective May 1, 2014. For more information see: https://policiesandpracticedirectives.sfsu.edu/content/password-policy

To confirm this message is not a phishing scam you can contact your IT support staff or the ITS Help Desk, 415.338.1420 or service@sfsu.edu. If you would prefer to not click on links in an email message you can access the password change/reset service directly by typing in the reset URL above or by:

  1. Visit the SF State home page at www.sfsu.edu
  2. Search for Tech Central
  3. Select the change/reset password link http://www.sfsu.edu/reset


Note:  Academic Affairs SF State employees will have enhanced password security enabled in June 2014.

Thursday, May 01, 2014