Data kept safe through encryption, cloud storage

This summer, data on American campuses was under attack, with some schools like the University of Wisconsin reporting 100,000 cyber-attacks from Chinese IP addresses every day.

CrashPlan backs up university’s data by encrypting it and storing it in the cloud.

At the same time, more than half of universities still transmit various kinds of sensitive data over unencrypted channels, according to a recent survey conducted by HALOCK Security Labs.

The not-for-profit consortium Internet2 is helping its 250 member institution members tackle the problem by providing them with the endpoint backup service CrashPlan.

CrashPlan, developed by Code42, protects data in two ways: backing up the information by storing it in the cloud and by encrypting it the moment it leaves the source.

“CrashPlan is all about data protection, specifically on endpoints, so laptops and desktops,” said Brian Bell, president and COO at Code42. “What we do is protect your data and do it in a really elegant way so that you don’t even know it’s happening. It’s backing up your files and data all the time, when you open your laptop, close it, open it again. And it doesn’t matter if you’re in a Starbucks or at home.”

That means the data can also be accessed anywhere by any device the user has granted permission.

With more and more faculty relying on mobile devices, being able to access the same information across multiple platforms is becoming increasingly important.

See Page 2 for  examples of how CrashPlan has helped faculty in a data crisis.

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