Computer security ? What is standard duration before screen time out?

At my workplace, we had an outside auditor from Eli Lilly recommend that our computer screens lock and require a log in after 3-5 minutes of inactivity (to comply with HIPPA privacy rules). The IT people instituted this at our workplace and it is adversely affecting the whole operation (workflow efficiencies, productivity, etc). I want to know if this is an industry standard or just someone trying to impress us with her authority. Note we are in a restricted access building.

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  1. Skipweasel says:

    You could aways get a mouse-mover if you can’t persuade the IT security people to relax the rules. A mouse-mover just fakes mouse movements from time to time – just a pixel each way just to stop the lock cutting in. Google will find them for you.

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