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Protect Data in the Cloud

This article applies to: Cloudification , Security & Policy

Use Cornell services for Cornell work, whenever possible. Find Cornell cloud services.

If Cornell doesn't provide a service that you need, follow these guidelines, at a minimum, to help protect university data.

Select a Trustworthy Consumer (Non-Cornell) Cloud Service

​Never use your NetID password. Using your NetID password for any service that doesn't use Cornell's ShibbolethCUWebLogin​, or ADFS increases the risk of your password being compromised (everything you can access at Cornell would be at risk - personal information about yourself and others could be stolen, your email could be used to spam people, etc.).

​Read the end user license agreement (EULA).

  • Set permissions to ensure privacy - Make sure data isn't publicly shared by default (very common). If you can't ensure data is kept private and secure, work with local technical support to find a better service.
  • Read and make sure you agree to privacy policies - Find out things like:
    • How much will the service disclose about you?
    • Who will it share your information with?
    • What kinds of your information will it share (name, contact info, credit card numbers, etc.)?

Back up your data. If you are going to store data in a non-Cornell cloud service and you are unsure about the quality of the service provider's backup system, you should have your own backup.


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