Store Your Data in Campus-Provided Storage

Posted December 1, 2021 by Academic and Institutional Technology
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Store Your Data in Campus-Provided Storage

Several months ago, about thirty people across campus met with GreyCastle Security for a virtual cybersecurity tabletop exercise that simulated a ransomware attack.  Over the course of that exercise, we were reminded of the importance of where to store college data.

Say, for example, that you are a faculty member generating research data.  If you store the data in Box, then it is backed up, has strong security controls protecting it, is accessible from anywhere, and could be recovered if something wretched happened, such as us being hit by ransomware.  However, if your data is stored on your own device, like a laptop, desktop computer, or USB flash drive, we would have no way to help you recover it if your device crashes or is stolen, or the data is encrypted by ransomware.  We encourage everyone to store all of their work-related data in our approved cloud storage systems (Box and Google Drive).

Whether you use Box Drive or access your Box files through a web browser, once your documents are stored in Box you can consider them safe there. 

If you have questions about any of these technologies we provide, please contact the AIT Service Desk at or call 630.752.4357 (HELP).