File Storage & Backup

Iowa State IT offers two file storage services, and a file backup service, to cover a range of storage needs and file backups for students, faculty, and staff.

Cloud Storage (CyBox)

CyBox is Iowa State's implementation of Cloud storage. CyBox is an ideal solution for general, day-to-day documents including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and other common documents and sharing files to those inside, and outside, Iowa State. CyBox meets all University standards for security and privacy including HIPAA and FERPA.

Accessing CyBox

CyBox can be accessed anywhere with internet access. Use the app when accessing from mobile devices.

Log In to CyBox


All faculty, staff, and students with a valid Net-ID have an unlimited quota of Cloud-based file storage at no charge.

Leaving Iowa State

For students:

Your CyBox account is converted to a account with a storage quota of 50GB. You can still access data over 50BG, but will not be able to add new data until you free up space or migrate to a paid account.

To prepare your CyBox account before you leave:

  1. Log In to CyBox
  2. Click Settings (i.e., 'gear' in the top right corner)
  3. Click Account Settings
  4. Under 'Login and Email Address', select Add More Emails
  5. Enter a non-Iowa State e-mail address
    Note: You must use an e-mail that does not already have a account
  6. Click Save

For Faculty and Staff:

Your CyBox account is disabled within a day or two after you leave. Back up any data you need to an external hard drive, personal account, or other storage before you leave employment at Iowa State. Contact the Solution Center to recover data after your account is disabled. After six months, your account is deleted, and your data is unrecoverable.

Large Scale Storage (LSS)

Large Scale Storage (LSS) is a research file storage service for faculty and staff that can be accessed by a group for long-term data storage. For more information about LSS, visit the Large Scale Storage website.

To request LSS: Sign in to your Large Scale Storage Dashboard

Accessing LSS

LSS can be accessed from Windows, Apple, and Linux computers without having to install any additional software (off-campus access requires use of the Iowa State VPN). Follow the instructions for accessing LSS.


LSS storage starts at $40 per terabyte per year. Quota can be paid for by individual researchers or groups, upfront or monthly. Discuss with your college or department if interested in a subsidized investment.

File Backup (Mozy)

Iowa State IT offers Mozy to backup files stored on your computer's hard drive.

  • Software automatically encrypts and backs up files in the background while connected to the internet
  • Mozy can be installed on up to three devices (Windows, Mac or Linux desktops or laptops) per licensed user

To order Mozy: Contact the Solution Center.


Contact the Solution Center for rates.