[Beowulf] confidential data on public HPC cluster

Lux, Jim (337C) james.p.lux at jpl.nasa.gov
Mon Mar 1 13:57:45 EST 2010


Don't forget export controls, too. (both ITAR, internationally, and also (at least for US) Commerce department

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> From: beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org [mailto:beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org] On Behalf Of Hearns, John
> Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 10:30 AM
> To: beowulf at beowulf.org
> Subject: RE: [Beowulf] confidential data on public HPC cluster
> 
> I think Mark Hahn has given a lot of good advice here.
> 
> It depends on the nature of the data. Is it:
> 
> a) industrially confidential
> 
> b) clinically confidential (ie patient identifiable data)
> 
> c) government confidential (ie government department stats)
> 
> d) Nuclear eyes-only
> 
> If (d) you're on your own.
> 
> 
> Actually, the way you should look at this is
> "what happens if this data does leak out" and this depends on who gets
> hold of it
> 
> Data from (c) leaking would probably cause little lasting or real damage
> - but the headlines in the press
> along the lines of "Government cannot keep data safe" are pretty
> embarrassing.
> 
> I think the response is to demonstrate you took reasonable steps to
> secure the data.
> 
> The audit trail concept is good.
> 
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