From Dropbox to iCloud to Drive, people are using cloud storage services and apps to stock away their pictures, documents and media every day. We all want to be sure we have a back-up of the pictures or video from that special day, or our class notes and work assignments just in case our home computer breaks down. But did we ever think of what is done within the cloud and our big data resources to ensure our data is being kept safe and secure with continuous access via all of our devices?
Senators Charles E. Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand last week announced that a $468,259 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant will be awarded to Binghamton University for just such a study.
The senators announced that the federal grant will fund the study of advanced data-transfer techniques and technology, including the encryption of data migration, to make cloud computing and large data centers more efficient and secure. The grant funding will specifically be used to fund the study large-scale live data migration and simultaneous data transfers between multiple devices, with an emphasis on techniques to secure the data, recover the data in the event of a failure, and prevent the duplication of information.
“Binghamton University is a hub for nationally-recognized technology research and this grant will add to that reputation and help spur more high-tech job creation here,” said Schumer, D-N.Y. “The funding will advance Binghamton University’s groundbreaking research, keep our nation’s top scientists flocking to the Southern Tier, and most importantly, will foster the growth of the budding high-tech sector of the region’s economy.”
Gillibrand also applauded Binghamton for its research.
“New York is home to cutting edge research institutions like Binghamton University that are poised to lead in the new high tech economy,” she said. “When we invest in new research, we can develop new innovation and technology that can spark new jobs and attract new businesses to the Southern Tier, and strengthen our economy for years to come.”
Read the full release at Senator Schumer’s website.
Maxwell is the Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.