Strong Password Guidelines

To protect information and resources, the Washington State Department of Information Services requires strong passwords for all user accounts, including Cascadia network accounts.

To be considered "strong," a password must:

    • Be at least 8 characters long.
    • Contain characters from each of the following groups: 

Group Examples:

Letters (uppercase)

A, B, C... 

Letters (lowercase)



0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9  

Special Characters (all characters that are not letters or numerals)

' ~ ! @ # $ % ^ & _ + - = { } | [ ] : " ; ' < > ? , .                    

    • Be significantly different from previously used passwords.
    • NOT be a password you are currently using for other online services or websites.
    • NOT contain your name or any part of your full name.
    • NOT contain personal identifiers such as birthdays, social security numbers, or pet's names.
    • NOT be a word found in the dictionary, even if it is spelled backwards.

    • NOT contain consecutive or repetitive characters (e.g. 12345 or aaaaa)
    • NOT contain the word Cascadia
    • NOT be on the list of most commonly used passwords

Examples of Strong Passwords 

A password should be difficult for someone else to guess but easy for you to remember. A good way to choose a strong password is to take an easily remembered phrase, then combine the first letter of each word in the phrase with numbers or characters (including punctuation and/or spaces). 

Creating a password in some way from a phrase from a movie, a quote, a song, or a nursery rhyme can be a good strategy for remembering.




I love to drive my 1969 Mustang!    


I think, therefore I am   


To be or not to be, that is the question 


Password Enforcer  

-=Pw N4cR=-