Jan 10, 2017 | Atlanta, GA
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) recently added Dropbox as a new service for faculty and staff at Tech. The popular cloud-based file storage service offers a convenient way to securely store and sync files in a central location.
“Offering faculty and staff a centralized and easy-to-access data storage service can greatly enhance the security of research data and intellectual property,” said Rachel Moorehead, senior support manager for Architecture & Infrastructure in the Office of Information Technology. “Plus, this service will add to our external collaboration options and simplify the way we access and share files on a day-to-day basis with third parties.”
Once a Dropbox account has been set up, a user can access files, both on and off campus, from any computer or mobile device using a web browser or by installing the Dropbox app. According to Moorehead, while users can safely store confidential information, such as FERPA, HIPAA, and encrypted data within Dropbox, it is important to be mindful of whom the data is being shared with.
Features of the Dropbox service include:
- Unlimited file storage.
- Version roll-back and deletion recovery.
- Remote access to work files without VPN.
- Easy and secure sharing and collaboration tools.
Users who have an existing Dropbox account, whether free or paid-for, can migrate their existing account to Georgia Tech’s Dropbox service or opt to keep the existing account separate. Users with paid-for add-on features can request a refund from Dropbox once the account has been migrated to one managed by Georgia Tech.
Dropbox is not a service offered upon separation from Georgia Tech, and any data that you wish to maintain should be transferred before your account is deactivated 30 days after separation.
To get started with Dropbox, visit dropbox.gatech.edu and click “Login.”
For more information, contact Georgia Tech Dropbox Support.