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Securing Research Data: A Workshop on Emerging Practices in Computation and Storage for Sensitive Data


Researchers, computer scientists and data scientists from a range of disciplines are working with increasingly large, multi-dimensional datasets in the context of complex networks and computing infrastructure. Data generated by these advanced applications are often subject to an evolving landscape of protection requirements, due to the involvement of human subjects or critical physical infrastructure. At the same time, collaborative research projects and teams drive demand for large-scale distributed platforms that can move data and compute securely over high-speed networks and cyberinfrastructure. How do we secure the data, the network, and the computer to meet this challenge?

This one-day workshop will convene researchers from a variety of disciplines who are leading these trends through their work in biology and medicine, public health and the social sciences, and other fields. In addition, IT service providers and security architects will describe new services and platforms being developed to provide secure research data management and computation capabilities at scale, while managing challenges of authentication, access control, and privacy protection. We will also present advanced theory on the tradeoffs between engineering systems for complexity and robustness, and how this tradeoff in itself can create fragility.

Attendees will:

  • Identify and discuss research trends and patterns across domains, especially where large restricted or sensitive data are being mobilized for collaborations among researchers at different sites
  • Examine the state of secure research data and compute infrastructure services, design patterns, and supporting capabilities that are providing models for sustainable and scalable solutions
  • Discuss infrastructure standards, and share resources, knowledge, and structures for best practices

Featured Speakers

Florence Hudson, Founder & CEO of FDHint. Former Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Internet2. Keynote: “TIPPSS for Enabling and Securing our Increasingly Connected World”

David L. Alderson, Professor in Operations Research Department and Director for the Center of Infrastructure Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School. Keynote: “Managing Complexity in a World of Surprise”


Panel 1: Securing your research data: Perspectives from domain scientists
Panel 2: Securing your infrastructure in a changing landscape: An engineering perspective
Panel 3: Security and privacy in practice

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
Science Engagement Team of the Pacific Research Platform (NSF Project #ACI-1541349)
Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity, UC Berkeley

Program committee:
Camille Crittenden, CITRIS and the Banatao Institute
Tom DeFanti, UC San Diego, Qualcomm Institute, Calit2
Chris Hoffman, UC Berkeley
Jeff Weekley, UC Merced
Mark Yashar, CITRIS, UC Berkeley

Mark Yashar, UC Berkeley, myashar@berkeley.edu