Planning Research with Security and Privacy in Mind

It is important to consider cybersecurity at every stage in the lifecycle of any research project; from planning to delivery and operations, and even beyond if the project involves long term information storage. UBC and industry good practices recommend that cybersecurity considerations be evaluated from the earliest stage (planning) of a research project to prevent delays in delivery, compliance issues, or cybersecurity incidents.

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Regardless of the nature of your research, it is recommended that you consult an Information Security professional when planning a research project that will collect, process, store, and/or share sensitive information. This page covers high-level concepts about Information Security and may not include all information applicable to specific research project. 

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UBC Research Data Management logoA 7 Step Approach to Planning Research with Cybersecurity in Mind

The following steps provide key cybersecurity considerations for researchers to keep in mind during the planning phase of their research projects.   

Additional Resources 

To learn more about UBC information privacy and security, visit:

UBC Privacy Matters

To learn more about UBC security requirements, visit:

Office of the Chief Information Officer

To learn more about UBC legal requirements, visit:

Office of the University Counsel

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