Cloud computing enables the Lehigh community to access technology resources—email, software, storage, etc.—over the Internet. It's fast, convenient, and an undeniable trend. However, the ease and hype of cloud computing needs to be balanced with the risks and complexities associated with securing Lehigh's data. Lehigh needs to be concerned with:
While technology-savvy students have embraced the cloud computing trend—fueled by a desire for near-constant mobile connectivity—staff and faculty use the cloud to operate more freely among data sources, locations, and collaborators. In developing a campus cloud strategy, the big challenge is finding solutions to mitigate concerns with using non-secure consumer services (such as Dropbox) to store or transmit Lehigh data.
Last spring, Lehigh adopted a Cloud Computing Policy to guide the campus in evaluating, selecting, and using university-sanctioned cloud solutions. The policy outlines categories of data and levels of control required and establishes guidelines for evaluating cloud service providers (CSP). Lehigh has contracted with a number of CSPs for important services, including the course catalog, employment applications, MyLehigh alumni community and directory, and most recently, a graduate application service for the four colleges.
Cloud solutions funded and supported by LTS include:
LTS is committed to partnering with students, faculty and staff to identify and use secure solutions that support the needs of the campus community and enhance teaching, learning, and research at Lehigh. For additional information, please contact your Computing Consultant or the Help Desk.
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