- Penn Dropbox The University of Pennsylvania has partnered with Dropbox to provide Dropbox Business for faculty and supporting staff members. Penn Dropbox accounts are managed by Penn ISC. Dropbox runs the service.
- Note: ISSS is not responsible for admitting international students to the University of Pennsylvania. For information on applying to Penn, please see the Penn Admissions website (for undergraduate students) or contact your prospective department directly.
You can find almost any type of personal data somewhere on campus. This is because at Penn, we work with personal data about students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, visitors, patrons, patients, research subjects and so many others to provide premier education, cutting edge research, service locally and globally and more. To serve our community and to serve Penn, it is critical that we properly use and protect that personal information.
Eliminating Unnecessary Data
Too often we read about data breaches that were avoidable because the data stolen was being kept by an institution unnecessarily. So, securely delete confidential information that is no longer needed for teaching, research, service, operations or any other Penn-related function.
Penn Dropbox The University of Pennsylvania has partnered with Dropbox to provide Dropbox Business for faculty and supporting staff members. Penn Dropbox accounts are. Dropbox offers a free basic cloud storage service to customers, but also several paid tiers with advanced services starting from $9.99 a month or $99 a year. University of Pennsylvania has provided active faculty, students, and staff with a Penn+Box account with space to store, share, and access your files online. Invite collaborators using their [email protected] Penn+Box account names. First time users, please visit the Getting Started guide.
Before securely deleting information, make sure that this is permissible according to Penn Guidance. Use Identity Finder Software to locate Social Security numbers, credit card data and other sensitive data you may not know you have. Don’t just put sensitive data in the electronic “trash,” make sure to use effective, Electronic File Deletion Tools and Shred Paper Records with unnecessary confidential information. When, Disposing of Computers and other devices, make sure to securely wipe them of existing data. Finally, for you and your organization, Host a Records Cleanup Day.
Appropriate Use of Penn Data
Make sure you are using Penn Data in keeping with community expectations and law and policy. See Penn resources on protecting student privacy under FERPA, health records under FERPA, HIPAA, Social Security Numbers, and Credit Card Data.
Strong Security Protections
Protecting the security of information is a critical part of protecting the privacy of that information. Penn’s Office of Information Security (OIS) makes it easy with its Top 10-Security Tips for faculty, staff and students. Also check out OIS’s education on high risk areas Combating Malware and Phishing. Finally, make sure to use Penn’s Secure Share service to send confidential information and Secure Space to store it.
One very important best practice in privacy is to be transparent regarding what information is collected, for what purposes it is used and shared, how it is protected and what control if any individuals have. See Penn’s Guidance on Website Privacy Policies and Penn’s FERPA Notice for example.
Assessing and Remediating Risk in IT Systems
Take advantage of the Penn-developed highly-recognized Security and Privacy Impact Assessment (SPIA) program — a transformative initiative — to reach a far deeper and more effective level of data protection in Penn systems and databases.
Evaluating Third Parties
Google Docs, Survey Monkey, Dropbox, Basecamp — These and countless other hosted services empower individuals to get more done, faster. But, putting Penn data in the hands of a third party also creates risks of, for example, data loss, service outages, foreign government access, inadequate technical support, non-compliance.
Know the Risks
Review Penn’s Guidance – Cloud Computing: Opportunities Used Safely.
Use Due Diligence in Selecting Vendors
Consult the Penn Data Risk Classification, including the V-STAR Assessment, and “vet” the third party and the agreement appropriately based on the sensitivity of the data.
Asking Questions and Reporting Incidents
There are many resources at Penn to help answer questions and concerns related to privacy. You may contact the Privacy Office at [email protected] You may also contact Penn’s Reporting and Help Line at 215-PComply (215-726-6759) or www.upenn.edu/215pcomply. Information security incidents should be reported to [email protected]
Dropbox on Wharton’s HPC Cluster has been a great tool for many of you! The ability to sync files between desktop, HPCC, home, phone, and collaborators is of immense value. However, Dropbox has announced that on November 7th, 2018 Dropbox will no longer support our setup* with their official client, making it impossible for us to continue to use their client in the cluster.
That’s a bit of bad news for those of you who have worked hard to build your workflow around a Dropbox client file syncing model. If we had a choice, we would continue to support the vendor’s official client in our environment. American truck simulator - wheel tuning pack crack. Sadly, we do not.
The Good News
But wait! There is good news!
While the Dropbox client has been useful to many, it really wasn’t made for multi-user systems—like our cluster. So over the years it’s also been the source of a lot** of issues for our user community, and a correspondingly-large amount of work for your HPC Team. Even before we heard the news from Dropbox, we were looking at better, more ‘cluster friendly’ ways to work with your Dropbox content across the cluster.
We were looking for a product that:
Why Do I Need Dropbox
- didn’t need to run as a service (always on), like the Dropbox client. These are extremely ‘expensive’ when used by many users on a multi-user system, and Dropbox was one of the most expensive around.
- would be able to sync to and from not just Dropbox, but some other vendors, too, particularly:
- Amazon S3
- Google Drive
- Microsoft OneDrive
- would be simple to set up, and easy to implement into cluster workflow
- could run from anywhere on the cluster, not just the login nodes!
Enter rclone! Spend a few minutes configuring your ‘remotes’ on the cluster via the ‘rclone config’ command (see full instructions here!!), then you’re ready to sync, copy, etc to and from whichever 3rd party cloud storage system you like, all using the same command structure, which is really useful. So I can change my 3rd party cloud storage solution from Dropbox to Box, but still use the same commands to move / sync files, just changing the remote I’m connecting to. Neat!
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Further Details or Questions
For further details, please see our rclone Page, or get in touch via [email protected] Thank you for your understanding, and we hope rclone provides you with an excellent 3rd party cloud storage syncing experience, as it does us.
* particularly: a specific C library version requirement, and a new filesystem type requirement, both of which are impossible to implement in our cluster
** over 130 tickets opened in the last 5 years, one of our recurring pain points
With two decades of experience supporting research and more than a decade at The Wharton School, Hugh enjoys the challenges and rewards of working with world-class researchers doing Amazing Things with research computing. Robust and scalable computational solutions (both on premise and in The Cloud), custom research programming solutions (clever ideas, simple code), and holistic, results-focused approaches to projects are the places where Hugh lives these days. On weekends you're likely to find him running through the woods with a topo map and compass, orienteering.