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LastPass to Offer Affordable Password Management Packages for Universities as Part of Internet2 NET+ Portfolio

Posted on Jun 04, 2015 by Angela Stark
Tags: Frontpage News, Internet2 NET+, LastPass

LastPass helps students and staff remember their passwords and login securely to every web account

FAIRFAX, Va., June 4, 2015—LastPass has announced a partnership to bring its best-in-class password management services to higher education institutions across the United States through its participation in the Internet2 NET+ initiative. With NET+ LastPass, universities can now help students, faculty and staff to remember their passwords and login to every web account while following best practices for password security. 

"LastPass and Internet2 member institutions worked closely to design and tailor a password solution that best fits the diverse needs of universities and colleges, and their users," says Richard Biever, chief information security officer at Duke University. "The service incorporates the distributed enterprise features desired by higher education institutions to manage institutional password policies, as well as consumer features that educate users about proper password etiquette. The partnership between Internet2 and LastPass provides a service that will streamline password creation and management for our faculty, staff and students."

Through the Internet2 NET+ initiative, educational institutions can enroll as early adopters to offer LastPass Enterprise and LastPass Premium packages for their campuses. As a password manager, LastPass remembers and automatically fills in the user’s passwords for every website and app. The user only has to remember their one master password for LastPass. LastPass syncs across all browsers, computers and mobile devices so users have access to all of their data when needed. 

Both the LastPass Premium and LastPass Enterprise packages offer each user their own LastPass account. Each user then benefits from the higher degree of security that comes with the use of strong, unique passwords for every single login. At the university administrative level, the LastPass Enterprise package also offers an easy-to-use IT portal, team password sharing features and turn-key integration with Active Directory and LDAP for simplified deployment. 

"We’re thrilled to work with Internet2 to offer secure, reliable, affordable and easy password management across campus," said Joe Siegrist, CEO and co-founder of LastPass. "We’re proud to partner to keep higher education institutions safe while providing customized tools for superior password maintenance." 

More than 500 colleges, universities, medical institutions and other higher education organizations are already using LastPass to secure and manage passwords. LastPass helps universities advance their efforts to protect the personal data of faculty, staff and students.

The new partnership with Internet2 will make LastPass accessible to all Internet2 higher education members through the Internet2 NET+ initiative. Focused on providing secure, agile and reliable user mobility in the cloud to higher education’s diverse users, Internet2 NET+ is a research and education (R&E) community-driven initiative. Through a rigorous peer-driven evaluation process, R&E institutions and cloud service providers work together to develop offerings that maximize deployment efficiencies and minimize the business and legal challenges, financial costs, and technology risks of migrating from on-campus to cloud-based solutions.

"Cybersecurity remains a top priority for campuses everywhere, and with NET+ LastPass, higher education institutions can add a layer of individualized security via a proven password manager that employs recognized best practices in trust and identity management," said Shelton Waggener, senior vice president at Internet2. "Subscribing institutions also gain the benefit of a tailored solution that has been vetted through the rigorous NET+ service validation process." 

The Internet2 NET+ LastPass offering provides a tailored higher education version of the well-known LastPass solution and is now in the early adopter phase. A webinar detailing the process of becoming a NET+ LastPass early adopter, will be held Tuesday, June 16 at 2 p.m. ET and Thursday, June 18 at 11 a.m. ET. Register now to attend a webinar session.

For more information on the offering, visit https://lastpass.com/internet2.

About LastPass
LastPass is an award-winning password manager that is helping over 6 million people and 10,000 organizations solve their password security problems. LastPass makes going online easier and safer, syncing with all browsers, operating systems and mobile devices. LastPass Enterprise scales SSO and password management for teams small and large, helping organizations be more secure, maintain compliance, and increase productivity. Founded in 2008, LastPass is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia. For more information, visit http://lastpass.com.

About Internet2
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation’s largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by Indiana University. Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 260 U.S. universities, 65 government agencies, 40 regional and state education networks, 85 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.

Media contacts:
Amber Gott, LastPass, 571.305.2852, amber@lastpass.com 
Glenn Lipscomb, Internet2, 720.379.9677, glipscomb@internet2.edu