Newly attested secure computing environments unlock broader research data capabilities at UIC
UIC meets NIST 800-171 requirements
We are pleased to announce that a new research infrastructure is now available through a partnership between Technology Solutions and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research. As you may know, multiple federal funding agencies require compliance with increased security measures for research-generated data. UIC now meets those requirements with the cloud-based, third-party-assessed National Institute of Standards and Technology 800-171 secure computing environment.
The external firm, Fortis by Sentinel, was engaged last fall to perform a security assessment of our dedicated security computing domain maintained by Technology Solutions. These auditors concluded that our approach to protecting UIC research data is a best practice and cost-effective solution. This domain provides isolation from main campus systems and services by applying various architectural and design concepts to enforce security boundary protection and to restrict/control information flow across various security domains.
In addition, OVCR, Advanced Cyberinfrastructure for Education and Research, and Technology Solutions’ Information Security teams developed a foundational system security plan that properly measures the setting of NIST 800-171 Policy IT security controls.
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We are incredibly excited to share this update, as the independent audit by a third-party assessor allows UIC researchers to apply for and successfully receive awards and contracts using research data that warrants additional security measures.
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With these new research infrastructure capabilities, Technology Solutions, ACER and OVCR continue to enable a broader portfolio of UIC research funded by grants and contracts requiring enhanced security and compliance oversight.