SAFE (Secure Application Federated Environment)

The NUCATS Secure Application Federated Environment (SAFE) team provides consultation, development, hosting and support services that address the evolving needs in human subjects data protection.

NUCATS was one of the first academic units to implement a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA-moderate compliant) computing environment. We have since provided consulting on FISMA to other projects at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and to multiple other Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) sites.

How does SAFE help me?

  • Experienced team works to ensure your project meets government standards for privacy and security (i.e. FISMA)
  • Manages the complexities of highly-secure hosting

The cost of building a FISMA-moderate compliant environment for a research project is complicated and based on the current projects using the FISMA-SAFE environment, the total expenditures exceed $150K per project. As the number of projects and tools using this environment increase, we anticipate a decrease in the cost of providing this environment.