Secure Data Storage
At the Cornell University Survey Research Institute, we take data protection seriously. Below is a summary of our cybersecurity framework:
We partner with Cornell Information Technologies (CIT) and the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) to oversee our technology and security.
SRI's servers are hosted in CIT's collocation datacenter and are managed by datacenter staff. Available security patches are regularly applied and servers are actively monitored for any sign of problems.
Redundancy and backups
SRI services use several levels of digital storage: redundant internal power supplies and storage area network (SAN) technology. We back up all active data collection projects in full daily. In addition, we back up database transactions several times daily to minimize any possibility of data loss in the event of server problems.
Secure data transmission
Our web survey system use Transport Layer Security (TLS) encryption to ensure all data is safe when sent between a respondent's computer and our web server. This encryption is of the same grade used in online banking. To avoid the security issues often associated with email, we utilize Cornell's internal DropBox service when delivering any sensitive information, and for delivering survey data after collection is complete.
Talk to us about your project, and we'll help you keep it safe.