Top-down password synchronization is done by choosing one platform where all password changes and resets are performed and allowing passwords to synchronize to the other platforms.


  • The Top-Down synchronization would allow password complexity parameters to be implemented at one point.
  • Password enforcement would be done at the time the password is set at one point and the other platforms would not necessarly need to perform password complexity enforcement.
  • Less complex than bi-directional password synchronization.


  • As users can no longer change their password from any of the platforms, there is a change to the user experience.
  • Password enforcement points need to be coordinated.
  • It maybe difficult to disable users from changing passwords in down-stream systems.