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Encrypting Files Stored on Cloud-based Storage Services

  • Speaker:   Mr.  Tom Murphy  (ncryptedCloud LLC)
  • Host:   Ian Cottam
  • 19th May 2015 at 15.30 in Kilburn L.T. 1.4
Encrypting Files Stored on Cloud-based Storage Services

The University currently has a site-wide licence to use the encryption service provided by This service works with Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and some others.

Use of their software (client or web based) transparently encrypts files in folders that you select within your dropbox (etc.). This enables, for example, sensitive research results to remain private should a security breech occur with your cloud provider. Dropbox, as just one example, may tell you that they encrypt all the data they hold on their USA-based servers. This is true, but they use a single key, known only to them, for all of the billions of files. Clearly, if this key becomes known your cloud-based data can no longer be regarded as entirely private. And, of course, the staff at Dropbox could hand this key over to third parties if required by law.

Choosing to pre-encrypt files yourself, while not 100% safe, is a much better bet. This is similar to UoM policy about using encrypted laptops and mobile devices. Experience with such encryption services as could influence future policies.

You can continue to share your encrypted folders with third-party collaborators. They just need to use the ncryptedCloud software too, and which they can freely download. We have had around 100 trial users to-date but would like to see more people try this service.

A senior member of ncryptedCloud's staff - Tom Murphy - is flying over from Boston to demonstrate how we can get the best out of their software and service, and to answer any users, or potential users, questions.
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