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Leeds Analytic Secure Environment for Research

Investing in Data Analytics

We're investing in a secure research environment infrastructure that will dramatically reduce the time it takes to translate blue sky thinking to solutions to real problems.

Protecting Data

LIDA is underpinned by the Leeds Analytics Secure Environment for Research (LASER), a highly secure, cloud based scalable research IT platform

Data Expertise

We have a dedicated team of data analysts that support researchers and data partners in all stages of the research lifecycle.

What does LASER do

  • Provides a secure environment for the handling, processing, analysis and storage of sensitive and confidential research data.
  • Fully flexible and scalable to support a range of research user cases and align spend to research requirements.
  • Access to the latest data research software and tools
  • Segregates projects at network level, using separate Trusted Research Environment (TRE), protecting data from the rest of the University’s computing facilities and from internet access.
  • Has been built to high security standards that comply with information governance frameworks such as ISO27001 and The NHS Data Protection Toolkit.
  • Data classified and controlled according to data sensitivity and confidentiality. Highly secure projects being only accessible from dedicated safe rooms
  • Is managed and maintained by UoL IT Services and operated and supported by LIDA’s Data Analytics Team (DAT).

What is a Trusted Research Environment (TRE)?

Research benefits of LASER

  • Increased capacity: with the research projects hosted in the cloud on Azure they can acquire as much resource as they need (CPU,GPU, Storage, RAM), and that their project can pay for.
  • High performance: hosting in the cloud means greater performance is available
  • Increased researcher control: Greater autonomy for researchers and automation of the import, export and audit of data transfers for the majority of data types (coming soon)
  • Research collaboration: enabling teams from multiple organisations to access and work within a single trusted environment with custom permissions.
  • Access to software: provisioning is now done via SCCM/ Software Centre enabling availability to a greater range of software quicker than previously and with future platform developments enabling self management of some R and Conda environments.
  • User dashboard : via the Azure Portal and a custom built dashboard researchers will have a level of control and visibility of their project resources and costs
  • The system has been specified and is maintained to ensure the highest standards of data security and privacy:
  • Encryption at rest – all data at rest is encrypted to AES256 Bit encryption.
  • Encryption in transit – all data is encrypted using TLS 1.2.
  • Residency – all data is stored and backed up in the UK.
  • Access Controls – role-based access controls and the principles of least privileged access are implemented to ensure only authorised users are able to view data.
  • Data are classified according to sensitivity and criticality, with robust checks on data input and output to and from the Cloud, including a fully maintained asset register.
  • Multifactor authentication is implemented with the ability to restrict access to specified safe rooms on Campus, for data requiring the highest level of security.
  • Monitoring and threat detection provides unified security management with supporting network controls to isolate information in our networks and its supporting information processing facilities.
  • Secure data environment - ISO27001 and NHS Data Security and Protection Toolkit compliant.
  • Linux : the capability of providing RHEL systems for researchers (coming soon).

If you have any questions or are interested in working with LIDA and using the LASER platform, please contact a member of the Data Analytics Team to discuss your requirements.