TACC's Protected Data Service

TACC's Protected Data Service (PDS) is designed to address the most common security control requirements encountered by researchers while also reducing the workload on individual PIs and research teams to satisfy these requirements. TACC has developed an extensive compliance regime that enables some of the largest open science systems in the world to be used by PIs and research groups faced with the prospect of conducting research using protected data.

Protected Data at TACC

The TACC cybersecurity program is based upon the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Revision 4 requirements for security, and reflects the additional requirements of UT Austin and established Information Technology (IT) security practices.

TACC also supports data that require NIST SP 800-171 or Controlled Unclassified Data (CUI) protection including DFARS 252.204-7000 and DFARS 252.204-7012.

TACC is audited by a third-party independent auditor on a fixed schedule to ensure compliance with NIST 800-53 rev4 and NIST 800-171 rev1.

TACC currently supports the following protected data types.

  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)
  • International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR)
  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
  • Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • Proprietary Data
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB)

If you need support for a data type that is not listed, please describe it in the form below.

Note that TACC only provides support for unclassified data processing, regardless of the specific category of that information. No support for data classified at secret or above is provided, and researchers should not, under any circumstance, transfer such data to TACC systems.

Conducting Your Protected Data Research at TACC

TACC's PDS was developed with the intent of meeting the security control requirements of your research agreements and to eliminate the burden placed on PIs who would otherwise be required to maintain their own compliance infrastructure with certification and reporting requirements.

In order to begin a project at TACC with data protection requirements, please follow these steps:

Fill out online request form:



Once submitted, you will hear back from TACC's compliance team to set up an intial consultation to dicsuss your project and your data. Based on your project and that data being used, we will request the necessary documentation (data use agreements, BAA, MOU, etc).

Project Approval Pending

Approval for the project is done after all required documentation is received by TACC.

Request Allocation

When approved, you will receive an email directing you to request an allocation on TACC's systems. This will include both corral-secure for storage and a computational system for compute resources.

Get Working!

Once the allocation is approved, the corral-secure data allocation is created, you will be sent instructions on how to access this data storage area and also how to run using the protected data allocations as it is separate queues, etc.

Please note it will take on average between 4-12 weeks to ensure all relevant documents have been signed by both parties.


Protected Data Storage Request
Please fill out this form to request protected data storage at TACC

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