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V-220490

The Cisco switch must be configured to enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one lower-case character be used.

Finding ID
CISC-ND-000580
Rule ID
SV-220490r604141_rule
Severity
Cat II
CCE
(None)
Group Title
SRG-APP-000167-NDM-000255
CCI
CCI-000193
Target Key
(None)
Documentable
No
Discussion

Use of a complex password helps to increase the time and resources required to compromise the password. Password complexity, or strength, is a measure of the effectiveness of a password in resisting attempts at guessing and brute-force attacks. Password complexity is one factor of several that determine how long it takes to crack a password. The more complex the password, the greater the number of possible combinations that need to be tested before the password is compromised. Multifactor authentication (MFA) is required for all administrative and user accounts on network devices, except for an account of last resort and (where applicable) a root account. Passwords should only be used when MFA using PKI is not available, and for the account of last resort and root account.

Fix Text

Configure the Cisco switch to enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one lower-case character be used as shown in the example below: SW1(config)# password strength-check

Check Content

Password complexity is enabled by default. Review the Cisco switch configuration to verify that it is compliant with this requirement. The following command should not be found in the configuration: no password strength-check If the Cisco switch is not configured to enforce password complexity by requiring that at least one lower-case character be used, this is a finding.