Research Cybersecurity and Privacy Services

Whether you are looking for answers regarding cybersecurity and privacy practices and requirements at UBC; how to assess the security posture of your project; or require a deep dive into a solution to identify security risks; UBC Advanced Research Computing (ARC) is here to help. Consult the list of services below and select the one that best matches your needs. 

Security Consultation  

A security consultation consists of an in person, phone, or virtual consultation between ARC and the research project team. During this consultation, ARC will respond to your security and privacy questions and provide guidance based on UBC policies, standards, and cybersecurity good practices. 

Request a Security Consultation

Security Compliance Checklist 

Looking to find out if your project solution is compliant with UBC requirements? 
The ARC security compliance checklist covers high-level information security for a solution. It contains a list of items to verify for both compliance with UBC Security Policy and Standards as well as good cybersecurity practices. Note that this document is not solution specific and will not be reviewed. 

See Checklist

Security Threat Risk Assessment - STRA 

In addition to verifying compliance with UBC Information Systems policy and standards, a STRA also includes identification of potential security threats, gaps, risks as well as recommendations to help secure your research environment.  

Based on the research project, the assessment type may be defined as follows: 

Request a STRA

System Security Plan 

A System Security Plan (SSP) is a document defining the architecture, and security controls of a research solution/project at high level. The plan is created by ARC, in collaboration with the researcher and IT at UBC. It is designed to document the controls and procedures in place for a specific research project (e.g.: In a grant application).  

Request a SSP 

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Additional Resources 

To learn more about Information Security and Privacy for research, you may also consult: 

Information Security 
Information Privacy 
Sharing Research Information 
Planning Research with Security and Privacy in Mind;
OneDrive and Teams for Research


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