Stronghold Research Environment for Data Compliance


Stronghold is a secure computing and storage environment that enables Brown researchers to analyze sensitive data while complying with regulatory or contractual requirements. It has been established by Brown University to be compatible with Federal and Rhode Island Law standards for data privacy and protection.

Each Principal Investigator (PI) is given a dedicated environment for their project to support their researchers, graduate students, and collaborators. To view the Stronghold documentation and learn more about the offered features, please follow this link.

Key Features

  • Environments - Linux or Windows compute environments available
  • Software - Workstations come preinstalled with our Windows Standard Software or Linux Standard Software packages
  • Automated Git Sync - Changes made to remote git repositories are automatically pulled to local repositories in Stronghold after initial configuration
  • Remote Access - Access system on campus through Brown Wireless or off campus through the Brown VPN
  • Secure Transfers - Transfer data in and out of Stronghold between whitelisted agencies or personal computers for permitted users though a secure, virus scanned transfer server via SFTP
  • Data Downloads - Download data directly through your browser from whitelisted agencies via HTTPS and SFTP
  • - Transfer data between workstation and via FTPS
  • Slurm - Schedule and manage jobs running in Linux environments
  • Storage - Store data in encrypted or unencrypted storage arrays
  • Databases - Manage data with MySQL or Oracle databases
  • REDCap - Secure database and survey builder and manager webapp for risk level 3 data residing in Stronghold
  • Automated Reports - Receive automated reports as the PI of the environment on security group membership, user login times, and user file transfer activity Dual Firewall - Provides added layer of security for traffic coming in and out of your system

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Data Management and Storage