ARC Chinook Security and Privacy

At ARC we strive to deliver innovative and secure technologies to UBC researchers. This is why we have ensured that the UBC ARC Chinook object storage platform was configured and is being maintained with security and privacy in mind. This page will briefly present some of the key security and privacy features of UBC ARC Chinook.

Before you read this page 

Before you read this page, it is important to know that:

  • Any Eligible UBC Researcher intending to use UBC ARC Chinook for a research project is responsible for ensuring that all use remains in compliance with all applicable policies, regulations, laws, ethics requirements, and agreements. For more information see the UBC ARC Chinook Terms of Service.
  • • In cases where a research project collects, stores, or process sensitive information, a Security Threat Risk Assessment (“STRA”) that examines the entire project workflow and toolchain used to protect this information during academic research may be recommended. This page is intended to provide relevant security and privacy information about UBC ARC Chinook and cannot replace an STRA. For more information about STRA, visit our Security and Privacy section.
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UBC Information Security Requirements

UBC ARC Chinook security is configured to meet the requirements set by UBC Information Systems Policy (SC14) and associated standards.

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Information Classification

The current security controls of UBC ARC Chinook allow UBC researchers to store UBC information of all classifications.

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At UBC, research projects may be subject to review by a Research Ethics Board, which approves the project and sets requirements around data collection, use and disclosure.

Architecture Security

UBC ARC Chinook is designed with a multi-layer architecture to ensure information is not directly exposed outside its environment. Secure architecture hardening controls including network protection, endpoint detection and response, vulnerability scanning, and patch management are in place to prevent unauthorized access and actions on the platform. Expand the sub-sections below to learn more about the current controls in place:


Information Security

UBC ARC Chinook is configured with multiple security and information protection controls to ensure research information is protected while stored on the platform. Expand the sub-sections below to learn more about the current controls in place:

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UBC ARC Chinook is designed to allow researchers to retain and retrieve portions of large research datasets composed of files and unstructured data, such as short or medium-term archives, collection and aggregation of results, copies of valuable datasets, staging of reference datasets or nearline storage.


Training and Awareness

Training is available for UBC ARC Chinook users to ensure research is conducted following the university requirements and cybersecurity best practices.

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Additional Resources 

To learn more about UBC ARC Chinook, visit:

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To learn more about security and privacy for research visit:

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