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Old 08-09-2006, 05:20 PM   #1 (permalink)
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If I may ask, what is the general concensus about establishing a password policy to BB devices? we don't have one and don't require it for our IT controls.

Are your companies enforcing the use of a password to lock the handheld?

Can you have a password for your email, phone and / or handheld?
Can this password be managed from an identity management system?

Our company is scoping out what other companies are doing to consider a policy implementation across our operating companies.

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We have determined that all users should have passwords on their devices.
The rules for passwords are controlled in the Policy settings.

I am trying to define 2 user groups and the different policy settings each would have. Does anyone have definitions on different classes of users to determine what policy settings are needed for each?
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Yes, we enforce a password policy on the BlackBerry handhelds. Personally, I feel the password is extremely important when you consider how confidential your email can be. Our policy requires the password be minimum of 4 characters, no complexity requirements, does not expire, and 1 hour timeout. We felt a password was needed, but let it easy for the end user. How complex does the password need to be when you only have 10 attempts before the device is completely erased?

No, you can not protect only portions of the BlackBerry. For the most part its all or nothing. You can allow the phone to be used without unlocking the handheld, but the address book is not accessible.

I don't think you can sync the password to your ID management system. Maybe in the future. I suspect that this is part of the reason our password requirement were not stricter. I fully expect that once syncing with an ID management system is possible, we will move to it quickly.

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We currently have no password policy for our Blackberry fleet although a few users have set a password.

We are planning to force passwords across the board and I am currently investigating the ability of synching with AD but this doesn't seem an option.
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