Setting application accounts to expire may cause applications to stop functioning. However, not changing them on a regular basis exposes them to attack. If managed service accounts are used, this alleviates the need to manually change application account passwords.
NOTE: Please review the benchmark to ensure target compliance.
Change passwords for manually managed application/service accounts at least annually or when an administrator with knowledge of the password leaves the organization.
It is recommended that system-managed service accounts be used where possible.
The following resource is also helpful.
This security hardening control applies to the following category of controls within NIST 800-53: Configuration Management.This control applies to the following type of system Windows.