WN12-00-000007 - Windows 2012/2012 R2 password for the built-in Administrator account must be changed at least annually or when a member of the administrative team leaves the organization.

Details

The longer a password is in use, the greater the opportunity for someone to gain unauthorized knowledge of the password. The password for the built-in Administrator account must be changed at least annually or when any member of the administrative team leaves the organization.



It is highly recommended to use Microsoft's Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS). Domain-joined systems can configure this to occur more frequently. LAPS will change the password every '30' days by default. The AO still has the overall authority to use another equivalent capability to accomplish the check.


Solution

Change the built-in Administrator account password at least annually or whenever an administrator leaves the organization. More frequent changes are recommended.

It is highly recommended to use Microsoft's LAPS on domain-joined member servers to accomplish this. The AO still has the overall authority to use another equivalent capability to accomplish the check.


Supportive Information

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.


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