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We are looking to implement a campus-wide policy that will lock a computer after 20 or 30 minutes of inactivity. Our faculty would like to know how many colleges have a similar policy. Could you please respond to me if you have a similar policy and if there is something we need to know as we go in this direction?

The catalyst for this has been the financial auditors who are recommending we tighten our security on campus owned computers.

Thanks
Peter

Pradeep (Peter) Saxena
Associate VP for Information Technology and CIO
Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary
Rochester NY
(585) 594-6430
saxenap@roberts.edu

 

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Peter--
We set up our desktops with a 20 minute lock out when they're deployed, but most staff and faculty know how to reset that timeout if they like.  The bigger question is how long we allow our administrative system to be open with use before requiring a user to re-login.  We have that set at 30 minutes but users regularly ask for 2 hours or more.  A recent survey of some CLAC schools (I believe) indicated that there is wide variance on the activity window before lock out.  

Good luck.

Lee


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  and Librarian of the College
Connecticut College
New London, CT
(860) 439-2650
www.conncoll.edu/is

IS staff will NEVER ask you for your password  or login information by e-mail.  
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We almost had a war with our faculty when we tried to do that.  We even tried fingerprint readers to speed up logon times.  We ended up settling on 75 minutes.  We have PCs in admin offices set to 30 minutes.

Chip

Chip Eckardt
CIO
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
105 Garfield Ave.
Eau Claire, WI 54701
Phone 715-836-4636 ext. 362381
eckardpp@uwec.edu

 

 

 

Our desktops lock after 5 minutes.  It’s a little annoying, but manageable.  10 minutes might be a better choice.  Longer lockouts are easier on staff, but they become pointless pretty quickly.  Lockouts are supposed to prevent people from sitting down and using someone else’s PC/account/session.  If the lockout is 20 or 30 minutes the computer will be unlocked most of the time while staff are away from their desks. 

Regards,

 

Steven Alexander Jr.

Online Education Systems Manager

Merced College

3600 M Street

Merced, CA 95348-2898

(209) 384-6191

alexander.s@mccd.edu

 

We use 15 min

 

We use 15 minutes. We based that on the PCI standards/regs.


Respectfully,

Mark Scott
VP of Innovation and Technology, CTO
Freed-Hardeman University | 158 E. Main St. | Henderson, TN 38340
731-989-6002 | mscott@fhu.edu | Twitter: http://twitter.com/m_scott

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We're at 15 minutes for the same reasons as you.  We only set it for individual computers by policy so it can't be changed.  The computers installed in the classrooms are at 45 minutes at least.

-- Scott


Scott Krajewski
Director, IT Services
Augsburg College
http://inside.augsburg.edu/it
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>>> SaxenaP 11/01/12 1:52 PM >>>

We are looking to implement a campus-wide policy that will lock a computer after 20 or 30 minutes of inactivity. Our faculty would like to know how many colleges have a similar policy. Could you please respond to me if you have a similar policy and if there is something we need to know as we go in this direction?

The catalyst for this has been the financial auditors who are recommending we tighten our security on campus owned computers.

Thanks
Peter

Pradeep (Peter) Saxena
Associate VP for Information Technology and CIO
Roberts Wesleyan College and Northeastern Seminary
Rochester NY
(585) 594-6430
saxenap@roberts.edu

 

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

Faculty – 20 minutes

Staff – 20 minutes

Labs – Varies per lab and computer. Some have no timeout but most have a 100 minute timeout. 

 

James Farr

 

 

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