Secure Computing Environment

The Secure Computing Environment is a secure environment that mitigates the risks of working with electronic personal health information and other types of high-risk data. The SCE eases the burden on the researcher of having to configure and ensure that their computational work environment has been configured with the appropriate security controls and to minimize the risk of exposing high-risk data. The SCE makes it easier for researchers to implement necessary safeguards that is subject to regulatory or compliance requirements, including but not limited to, HIPAA, FISMA, Personal Information Protection Act of Illinois and other grant specific regulations.


FUNDED BY: Self-supported


  • ACCC only provides the secure computing platform but the user acts as the data custodian for their sensitive data
  • The requestor must read and adhere to the SCE Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) mentioned here
  • ACCC will not provide admin-level access to users
  • Any changes to our policy should be requested through


728 W. Roosevelt Rd, Roosevelt Road Building (RRB), 215A, Chicago, IL

Service Level Agreement

Service Request Fulfillment Time 8 business days
Incident Resolution Time 2 business days
Service Availability Available 24x7 except for weekly maintenance window on Monday from 3:00am to 4:00am
Maintenance Window(s) Approved ACCC maintenance window(s)
Service Notification Channel(s) ACCC Service Notices, REACH distribution email list
Reviewed to Ensure SLA Meets Business Requirements Provisional SLA - Currently under IT Governance review
Date Reviewed Provisional SLA - Currently under IT Governance review
Service Owner: Himanshu Sharma