AC-11 SESSION LOCK

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PCF Compliance

This control is inherited from the client desktop. All desktop, laptop, and tablet clients have a screen lock provided. Enforcing the use of this session lock at the client device is the responsibility of the deployer.

PCF uses OAuth 2 tokens with session timeout, but does not maintain locked sessions.

Note: This control is P3, which is a lower level of priority for the compliant organization.


Control Description

The information system:

  1. Prevents further access to the system by initiating a session lock after [Assignment: organization-defined time period] of inactivity or upon receiving a request from a user; and
  2. Retains the session lock until the user reestablishes access using established identification and authentication procedures.

Supplemental Guidance

Session locks are temporary actions taken when users stop work and move away from the immediate vicinity of information systems but do not want to log out because of the temporary nature of their absences. Session locks are implemented where session activities can be determined. This is typically at the operating system level, but can also be at the application level. Session locks are not an acceptable substitute for logging out of information systems, for example, if organizations require users to log out at the end of workdays.