One of the driving goals of SJSU IT is to make San Jose State University the safest campus in the country. Our strategy for getting there is to make security easier. We use a layered approach to put extra barriers between attackers and your data. One of the simplest but most effective protections is good password management — having strong passwords unique to each site you use that you change regularly. But that can be a pain. With dozens or hundreds of accounts all over the web, it’s almost impossible for us to keep track of what passwords we’re using where and when we last changed them. A password manager simplifies that whole process for you, making everyday security easier.
I first let campus know about our plans to bring LastPass’ enterprise password management to everyone in our campus community at no cost back in October 2020. LastPass will suggest, store, and autofill extra-secure random combinations of numbers, letters, and symbols for all of your accounts. Because LastPass encrypts all of your passwords, it’s much more secure than keeping them on a notepad or Google Doc and more reliable than trying to remember everything.
The SJSU IT Information Security Office will continue to keep you updated on when it’s ready for you.
I want to thank Ravi Pisupati, Michael Hastings, Nikhil Mistry, Tristan Orlino, Andy Trembley, Bruce Gardner, and Jason Ferguson for working on bringing LastPass to our community.