Computing Support

Sending Files Securely

Sending Files Securely

Morningside: There is no Secure File Transfer Protocol service provided by the university. The best practice is encrypting a file with WinZip or 7zip and encrypting the drive with Bitlocker or FileVault (depending on if you’re a PC or Mac) and delivering data in person. Different data requires different levels of security, which depends on IRB requirements and data security plans. Nonsensitive data can be shared through email or file sharing services like Google Drive, but the best practice is to encrypt all files beforehand even if they not be considered sensitive. This way, in case anything sensitive is accidentally transmitted it is still protected.

CUMC: The best way to share files within CUMC is using the shared drive (P:// Drive) service. The CUMC IT Server group also provides an SFTP service. The charge for it is $258.00 per year, and it includes 512 MB space and up to 5 accounts. CUMC users can share files by utilizing the file servers (P: drives, https://secure.cumc.columbia.edu/cumcit/secure/howto/remote/index.html), and also DataAnywhere (http://cumc.columbia.edu/it/howto/remote/dn.html). DataAnywhere is a secure file sharing system for sharing files up to 2GB in size (although larger files may be coordinated with the DataAnywhere team).