Important Security Changes to OPI Systems Coming!

The OPI is making security changes to all systems you use to report and manage information submitted to the OPI. This change is happening so we can strengthen how we protect and secure the data you provide us.

Here’s what you can expect as a result of these security changes:

  • Passwords will need to meet these criteria:

a. At least 12 characters long

b. Contain 3 out of the 4 of these: upper-case letter, a lower-case letter, a number, and a special character (~!@#$()%^&*) or a space

  • Systems you access will now also include language on the login page that notifies you of the following:

“This system is the property of the Office of Public Instruction. Unauthorized use is a violation of Montana Code Annotated § 45-6-311. Any and all uses of this system and all files on this system may be intercepted, monitored, recorded, copied, audited, inspected, and disclosed to authorized personnel. By using this system, the user consents to such.  Unauthorized or improper use of this system may result in civil and criminal penalties. By using this system, you indicate your awareness of and consent to these terms and conditions of use. Do not log in if you do not agree to the conditions stated in this warning.”

You can expect to start seeing these changes this month.

The OPI is committed to improving data and its security, and this is the first step in this process. Thank you for understanding as we tighten agency security and work to better serve Montana schools.

Please contact Michael Sweeney with any questions or concerns.