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University cloud based storage service update

An update on the release of the University cloud based storage service, Microsoft OneDrive for Business.

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In April we advised that Microsoft were making some enhancements to OneDrive for Business and were due to release a new version of the application in May.

Since then Microsoft has decided to significantly redevelop this application and have moved the release date for the new version to the end of 2015. Due to the amount of enhancements Microsoft are planning and the benefits to be derived from these, it has been decided to delay making OneDrive for Business available to staff until the new version has been released and fully tested.

Whilst we understand that this will be a disappointment to many, we are keen to ensure that the file sync and share service we can eventually offer is fully fit for purpose. We will be reviewing the new OneDrive for Business version as soon as it is made available.

In the meantime staff are reminded that they should not use external/consumer cloud storage services, like Dropbox, for storing confidential University information. Non-confidential University information can be stored in cloud services like Dropbox, providing a master copy has also been stored in the University’s secure storage facilities e.g. networked storage drives, Teamplace etc. Read the University guidance on information classification and handling.

If you have a requirement to store confidential University information on a University laptop and would like to increase the security of that laptop, you may wish to consider becoming an early adopter for the University’s Sophos Safeguard Laptop Encryption Service. If you are interested in taking part, please email Richard Morgan at MorganRK@cardiff.ac.uk.