Addressing the need for UK researchers to use and share sensitive data safely and securely
2 years and 4 months
Ended 31 Mar 2017100%
£250k to £1m
We are collaborating with leading UK universities to provide higher assurance connectivity over the Janet Network and access management mechanisms between research centres.
What we are doing
The project will inform decisions on a potential Jisc national infrastructure for secure access to data for researchers across various academic disciplines.
We are working in partnership with two research communities that use sensitive data:
- Biomedical researchers through the Farr Institute and the Medical Research Council Medical Bioinformatics Centre
- Administrative data researchers through the Administrative Data Research Network (ADRN)
We are also piloting an authentication, authorisation and accounting infrastructure (AAAI) to demonstrate how our access and identity management services can be used to control access to sensitive data. Controlled access will further enhance the UK's research capacity in areas such as medical, clinical, health and the social sciences.
By piloting co-designed solutions with key stakeholders, we will facilitate:
- A coordinated partnership to help support UK research into disease, public health and social issues
- Improved knowledge and a scalable solution providing benefits for other members of the community
- Reduced duplication of effort and avoidance of potential competing, incompatible solutions in different research centres
- Support for Research Councils UK (RCUK) and government strategies for research with sensitive data
How safe share works
Safe share works by creating encrypted tunnels over existing networking infrastructure, for example over Jisc’s Janet Network or the internet.
University project sites are supplied with secure routers to connect to their safe settings and an encrypted connection is constructed to CESG standards1 to connect to the safe share core in Jisc's secure data centre.
Safe share keeps the different overlay networks separate, this means that we can provide different levels of protection to match different members’ requirements.
Swansea University and Cardiff University are the first to complete trialling the new infrastructure. ADRN researchers at these universities are actively using the service for access to sensitive research data.
- 1 Find out more about CESG assisted products scheme on the National Cyber Security Centre website - https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/scheme/products-cesg-assisted-products-service
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This project ran until spring 2017
Researchers at Cardiff and Swansea universities are actively using the service for access to sensitive research data. The project has implemented a detailed test plan and developed a ‘quick start guide’ to implementation for safe share members.
Moonshot available for CentOS-7: the operating system used with OpenStack for the AAAI pilots, eMedLab and Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Genomics (CLIMB)