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ESnet's Science DMZ Design Could Help Transfer, Protect Medical Research Data


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Researchers says the Science DMZ architecture for transferring large datasets could be adapted for use by the medical research community.

Credit: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) say the Energy Sciences Network's Science DMZ architecture for rapidly and securely transferring large datasets could be adapted to fulfill the needs of the medical research community.

"By implementing a Medical Science DMZ architecture...biomedical researchers can leverage the scale provided by high-performance computer and cloud storage facilities and national high-speed research networks while preserving privacy and meeting regulatory requirements," says Berkeley Lab's Sean Peisert. "Access would of course need to be properly authenticated, but unlocking the world's medical information could yield enormous benefits."

The researchers describe a Medical Science DMZ as "a method or approach that allows data flows at scale while simultaneously addressing the [Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act] Security Rule and related regulations governing biomedical data and appropriately managing risk." Use cases involve encrypted data transfers, with authenticated and authorized users the sole initiators.

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