CompTIA Security Plus Mock Test Q989

A network administrator, Joe, arrives at his new job to find that none of the users have changed their network passwords since they were initially hired. Joe wants to have everyone change their passwords immediately. Which of the following policies should be enforced to initiate a password change?

A. Password expiration
B. Password reuse
C. Password recovery
D. Password disablement


Correct Answer: A
Section: Access Control and Identity Management

Explanation:
The Maximum password age policy setting determines the number of days that a password can be used before the system requires the user to change it. The password expiration
setting determines that a user will not be able to log into a system without changing their password after the maximum password age has been reached.

Incorrect Answers:
B: Password reuse policies (also known as password history) determine the number of previous passwords that cannot be used when a user changes his password. For example, a
password history value of 5 would disallow a user from changing his password to any of his previous 5 passwords. This does not force a user to change their password. Therefore, this
answer is incorrect.
C: Password recovery is the process of recovering a lost or forgotten password. This usually involves an administrator resetting the password as most passwords are stored as hash
values so the actual password cannot be determined. This does not force a user to change their password. Therefore, this answer is incorrect.
D: Password disablement (also known as account disablement) is the process of locking or disabling a user account. A disabled account cannot be logged into but can be re-enabled
when required. When a user will be gone from a company for a while (maternity leave, for example), their account should be disabled until they return. This does not force a user to
change their password. Therefore, this answer is incorrect.

References:
Stewart, James Michael, CompTIA Security+ Review Guide, Sybex, Indianapolis, 2014, p. 140-141.