[CentOS] How to disable screen locking system-wide?

Thu Jan 20 13:08:18 UTC 2011
Giles Coochey <giles at coochey.net>

On 20/01/2011 13:12, Adam Tauno Williams wrote:
> On Thu, 2011-01-20 at 11:05 +0000, John Hodrien wrote:
>> An account is a personal account that should not be shared.
> +1
> Also, at least in the United States, locking a PC / workstation after 15
> minutes of idle is a requirement of PCI/DSS - which your company almost
> certainly agreed to if you process credit card or other payment
> information.  HIPPA, FERPA, and friends have similar requirements /
> strong-recommendations.
> Ask a competent lawyer and he'll/she'll tell you to lock unattended
> workstations.
> This has nothing to do with auditing the access to or usage of data -
> that is a separate issue.
Yes, what you mention then becomes a legal compliance issue.

Note, however, that many small companies completely outsource credit 
card payment by using third-party processing (e.g. Worldpay). This means 
they have no card data environment and don't need to comply with PCI/DSS 
in their offices.
Even companies that do in-house card payment processing only have to 
enforce PCI/DSS in their CDE.

I can't speak for HIPPA, SOX etc... but automatic locking is part of  IT 
best practice.

Best Regards,

Giles Coochey
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