HiPerGator-RV is a secure computing environment where scientists and collaborators can conduct research on restricted and confidential data. The software portion, tiCrypt, was developed by Tera Insights in collaboration with the University of Florida to address the needs of researchers working with restricted data, specifically projects requiring compliance with NIST 800-171 and NIST 800-53 standards.
An overview of HiperGator-RV was presented at HiperGator-RV Day on November 9, 2017. A training session on the research administration for restricted data was held on Oct 12, 2018. The recording is available from the UF Media Website. It describes how the requirement for using special IT infrastructure is handled and how the right environment for each project is determined, as well as the training requirements for project participants.
The system is modeled on a bank vault where you receive:
- An individual deposit box with secure storage for valuables
- Privacy from other users and bank staff
- A secure area within the vault to privately access your valuables
What does it do?
HiperGator-RV is designed to act as a workstation that is secure and pre-approved with the capacity for large-scale data storage and computation. Researchers can:
- Securely store restricted data like:
- Electronic Protected Health Information (ePHI) (HIPAA)
- Export-controlled Data (ITAR/EAR)
- Student Data (FERPA)
- Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI)
- Intellectual Property data (IP)
- Store and work with larger data sets than what is possible on a regular workstation
- Perform work on stored data sets with familiar software tools running on virtual machines located in the UF data center
- Concurrently run more programs than on a regular workstation
- Display work results on a graphical interface that is securely transmitted to remote devices such as desktops, laptops, or mobile devices
- Work collaboratively with other researchers on the same data sets using different workstations