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Password regulations at KI

To better protect KI’s information systems from unauthorised use, the regulations impose stringent criteria on password complexity. When you have chosen a new password, it will be valid for six months (twelve if you are a student).

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How should the password be composed?ITA checkbox icon

Your password must:

  • contain at least 10 characters.
  • contain at least two letters and either at least two special characters or digits. Note that the Scandinavian vowels (å, ä, ö etc.) may not be used.
  • not contain personal information, such as your name or social security number and it may not be used outside KI.

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Remember your user responsibility

ITA user iconYou are personally responsible for ensuring that your password meets the complexity and management criteria given in the rules and for keeping it strictly private. Never give your password away or disclose it to anyone asking for it by mail, on the phone or in any other way. You must not use the same password outside KI or for logging to any services other than those operated by KI (e.g. Facebook, public email servers or private websites).

Why does KI need password regulations?

ITA lock iconInformation in its various forms is an essential and fundamental asset to KI’s mission (to contribute to the improvement of human health through research and education). KI strives to raise the quality of its IT security so that the information transmitted through its networks is safe from unauthorised access. Hacker activity has increased in recent years with unauthorised users trying to infiltrate KI’s systems using stolen passwords. KI has also been issued a set of requirements by external bodies such as the Identity Federation for Higher Education in Sweden (SWAMID) on how we are to manage and create secure passwords.