System Timeout Standards

System and application timeouts are important to help ensure the safety of confidential, restricted, or regulated data contained at Emory.

Recent regulations and concerns with protecting privacy and confidentiality of certain records have reinforced the importance of restricting access to information contained on Emory systems. These regulations include:

System timeout limits are as follows:

  • For computers accessing applications and systems containing confidential, restricted, or otherwise regulated data, the timeout period should be set to no more than 5 minutes of inactivity.

  • For computers located in public areas (kiosks, labs), the timeout for accessing confidential, restricted, or otherwise regulated data should be set to no more than 1 minute of inactivity.