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No More Yellow Stickies: Deploying Password Safes at the Cal Poly Library
Secure IT Conference 2007 (2007)
  • Helen Y Chu, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
As security experts require increasingly complex passwords and implement cutting edge technology to protect systems and data, users find themselves at a loss to remember their credentials and end up writing down critical passwords, leaving gaping holes in our attempts to harden systems and yellow stickies on their monitors. In the corporate world, encryption, VPNs, RSA keys, hardware security devices and strict security and privacy policies protect company and customer data. But in education where resources and tech-savvy early adapters are oftentimes scarce, how do we balance the needs of our users with the security and privacy policies of the institution? Enter KeePass – an open source freeware password safe capable of generating and storing passwords in a lightweight, portable encrypted file. This case study examines the use of KeePass at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Library, including product research, project planning, deployment, best practices and alignment with both campus and CSU systems & information security policies and procedures.
  • KeePass,
  • security,
  • best practices,
  • advisory group,
  • BETA,
  • Bleeding Edge Technology Advisors,
  • password management,
  • safe,
  • encryption
Publication Date
March, 2007
Citation Information
Helen Y Chu. "No More Yellow Stickies: Deploying Password Safes at the Cal Poly Library" Secure IT Conference 2007 (2007)
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