Monday, February 25, 2019

Trusted CI Begins Engagement with REED+

The Research Ecosystem for Encumbered Data (REED+) at Purdue University (, funded under the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure (OAC #1840043), has the vision to implement a cost-effective ecosystem to manage regulated data that meets the compliance requirements found in a campus environment, e.g., protecting Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

REED+’s approach will integrate NIST SP 800-171 and other related NIST publications into its foundation. This will serve as a standard for campus IT to align with security regulations and best practices. The goal is to create a single process for intake and contracting, and to facilitate easy mapping of controlled research to cyberinfrastructure (CI) resources for the sponsored programs office, human subjects office, and export control office.

With the use of student-developed training materials and instruction, the approach will enable researchers, administrators, and campus IT to better understand previously complicated data security regulations affecting research projects. The goal is that the ecosystem developed from REED+ will enable new partnerships with government agencies and industry partners from the defense, aerospace, and life science sectors.

Trusted CI will engage with REED+ to review its strategic vision in providing CUI compliance across their institution’s CI. To achieve this, Trusted CI and REED+ will first inventory proposed components. Trusted CI will then analyze the components, assess them against other implementations, and provide recommendations. Finally, Trusted CI and REED+ will explore appropriate solutions for security awareness that can facilitate the plan.

The engagement began January, 2019 is scheduled to run to the end of June, 2019.