Periodic Password Reset

Security best practices demand that passwords be reset periodically to protect sensitive resources from unauthorized access. Manually changing the passwords one by one would be cumbersome. Password Manager Pro helps in automating the process of changing the passwords periodically.Password Manager Pro provides remote password reset support for a wide range of target systems. Scheduled Password Rotation can be done only at resource group level.

Password resets can be carried out either by agent-less mode or by deploying Password Manager Pro agents in the remote resource.

Multiple options are available to set the periodicity of password resets. And, notifications can be generated at each stage of the execution of the scheduled task. Password reset history is also maintained by the product.

To add a schedule for password reset of the resource group

  • Go to Groups tab.
  • Click the "Actions" icon against the required resource group and select Periodic Password Reset from the drop down .
  • A pop-up form will open with a four step process through which required schedule can be created. The steps are explained below:

Step 1- Notify before password reset

When passwords are scheduled to be reset at a specific time, notifications can be sent to the users beforehand giving them a heads up on the reset action.

To send notifications,
  • Select the number of days and/or hours and/or minutes prior to which notification is to be sent.
  • You can also specify the list of recipients for notification.
    • Users having access to passwords - users who possess any one of the share permissions (read only / read and write / manage) for the password, at the time when notification is generated.
    • Select users from list - any other specific user(s) to be selected from the list.
    • Specify e-mail address - to generate notifications to specified list of email aliases or email addresses.
  • Click "Next".

Step 2 Password allocation

  • You have the option to specify the new password(s) to be used for resources during the execution of the scheduled task.
  • To specify a new password to be used, you have the option to either allot randomly generated unique passwords to the accounts based on the password policy set for the group or you can allot a new password to all the resources in accordance with the password policy already specified for the group.
  • You can also assign same password to all user accounts provided the password is changed during every schedule.
  • Select the desired choice and click "Next"

Step 3 Reset periodicity

Actual creation of the schedule for password reset is specified in this step. The reset can be performed one-time or it could be recurring at periodic intervals.

To specify the reset schedule
  • Select from the options - Once / Days / Monthly / Never and specify the other details required.
  • Click "Next".

Step 4 Notify after

After the completion of password reset schedule, notifications regarding the completion of reset can be sent to all those who have access to the passwords . To send notifications,

  • Specify the recipients for notifications -
    • Users having access to passwords - users who possess any one of the share permissions (read only / read and write / manage) for the password, at the time when notification is generated.
    • Select users from list - any other specific user(s) to be selected from the list.
    • Specy e-mail address - to generate notifications to specified list of email aliases or email addresses.
  • Click "Finish".
  • The required password reset schedule has been created. The setting could be saved as a template for use with configuring password reset schedule for another resource groups.

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