Research Cybersecurity and Privacy Services

Whether you are looking for answers regarding cybersecurity and privacy practices; learn more about UBC requirements; 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 and resources below and select the one that best matches your needs. 

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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. 

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Security Compliance Checklist 

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. 


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: 

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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).  

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Research Funding and Partnerships 

Does your research involves a partnership with a research funding agency, academic institution, government or industry partner? Visit UBC's Research Security website to learn more about potential implications and requirements associated with partnerships. 


Information Security

Learn more about research security requirements and best practices. 


Information Privacy

Learn more about research privacy requirements and best practices. 

Research Information Classification

Learn more about research information classification at UBC.

Planning Research with Security and Privacy in Mind

New project coming? Don't forget security and privacy considerations during planning.

OneDrive and Teams for Research

Did you know some UBC research information can be stored on the UBC Microsoft cloud? Learn more about the requirements and best practices when using these tools.

Sharing Research Information

Learn more about UBC requirements and best practices when sharing research information. 

ARC Sockeye Security and Privacy

Learn more about how we protect your research information when using our ARC Sockeye service. 


ARC Chinook Security and Privacy

Learn more about how we protect your research information when using our ARC Chinook service.

ARC REDCap Security and Privacy

Learn more about how we protect your research information when using our ARC REDCap service.

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