TACC's Protected Data Service

TACC's Protected Data Service (PDS) supports the most common security control requirements needed by researchers. TACC's PDS also reduces the workload to satisfy these requirements for individual PIs and research teams. TACC has developed an extensive compliance program, enabling 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 aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-53, Revision 5, Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organization, requirements for security and privacy requirements. Additionally, TACC's cybersecurity program aligns with NIST SP 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations, and with the cybersecurity requirements of UT Austin.

TACC is audited by a third-party independent auditor on a fixed schedule. The audit assesses TACC's compliance with NIST 800-53 Revision 5, NIST 800-171 Revision 2, and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule.

TACC currently supports the following protected data types.
(If you need support for a data type that is not listed, please describe it in the form below.)

  • Controlled Unclassified Data (CUI)
  • 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)

Note: TACC does not support data classified at secret or above and researchers should not, under any circumstance, transfer such data to TACC systems.

Process for Conducting Your Protected Data Research at TACC

The diagram below, explains the steps required get you project working on TACC resources.

Fill out online request form

See form below.


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.

Note: On average, it takes 4-12 weeks to ensure all relevant documents are signed by both parties.

Begin Your Project

In order to begin a project with data protection requirements at TACC, fill out the form below.


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

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