The only fully supported and approved cloud storage solution is TAMHSC Cloud. Click on each category to see information about HSC cloud services and data security.  For more information, please contact the OIT security team at 979-436-0487.

Data Classification types are listed in Policy 29.01.03.Z1.05
HIPAA = Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
FERPA = Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
SSN = Social Security Number
ITAR = International Traffic in Arms Regulations
IRB = Institutional Review Board

* denotes that it may be possible to store ITAR protected data if properly encrypted prior to being uploaded (e.g., Truecrypt volume), but faculty should consult with OIT to determine if there are any other issues or concerns.

Are file sync and share services available for the following groups?

  • Students – TAMHSC Cloud available for use and supported
  • Faculty and staff – TAMHSC Cloud available for use and supported
  • Visitors – only available by activating a personal account; not supported

What types of data can be utilized within TAMHSC Cloud?

  • Unprotected, general information – can be used
  • Confidential – must request on-premise storage through the Help Desk
  • Protected – must request on-premise storage through the Help Desk

Specifically, can the following types of protected data be utilized within TAMHSC Cloud?

  • HIPAA – on-premise only
  • FERPA – on-premise only
  • SSNs – on-premise only
  • ITAR – on-premise only
  • IRB – on-premise only

See important storage guidelines about off- and on-premise storage.

Important note about other DropBox type services:

  • Utilization for general information is not recommended; use at your own risk!
  • Do not use for confidential or protected information, including but not limited to HIPAA, FERPA, SSNs, ITAR and IRB

Are Google Drive/Google Docs available for the following groups?

  • Students – available for use and supported
  • Faculty and staff – available for use and supported

What types of data can be utilized within Google Drive/Google Docs?

  • Unprotected, general information – can be used
  • Confidential – do not use
  • Protected – do not use

Specifically, can the following types of protected data be utilized within Google Drive/Google Docs?

  • HIPAA – do not use
  • FERPA – do not use
  • SSNs – do not use
  • ITAR – do not use*
  • IRB – do not use

Is Blackboard available for the following groups?

  • Students – available for use and supported
  • Faculty and staff – available for use and supported

What types of data can be utilized within Blackboard?

  • Unprotected, general information – can be used
  • Confidential – can be used
  • Protected – some can be used; see below

Specifically, can the following types of protected data be utilized within Blackboard?

  • HIPAA – No
  • FERPA – Yes
  • SSNs – No
  • ITAR – No
  • IRB – No