October 22, 2020

OneDrive is SIU’s secure file storage service

As a part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the Office of Information Technology wants to remind the campus community about secure file storage.

SIU provides faculty, staff and students each with 1 terabyte (TB) of file storage in OneDrive, Microsoft’s cloud storage service. SIU uses OneDrive because it is integrated with our Microsoft 365 suite of tools and services, which means that all SIU users have a license for this product. OneDrive is also backed by Microsoft’s antivirus and cybercrime protection.

OneDrive allows users to securely share and access files on any device with an internet connection. Unlike files on memory sticks and portable hard drives, OneDrive files cannot be lost, stolen or compromised. Files can be shared through a secure link, and users can revoke access at any time. Users can also access OneDrive on their mobile devices and enable encryption, ensuring that their files are secure even if their devices are damaged, stolen or hacked.

OneDrive is integrated with the university’s email accounts and secured with password requirements that meet SIU’s Password Standards. OneDrive is also safeguarded with multi-factor authentication (MFA) for users who have enrolled. Effective January 2021, the university will require MFA as part of the sign in process.

The OIT provides additional resources to help users get started with OneDrive on its Client Relations and Communications website. Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to reach out to SalukiTech at 618-453-5155 with any questions.