Secure Computing Environment


The Secure Computing Environment (SCE) is a secure environment that mitigates the risks of working with ePHI (electronic personal health information) and other types of high risk data.  The SCE eases the burden on the researcher of having to configure and assure 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 for research 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.


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


Level CPU and Memory Monthly cost
1 1 CPU, 1 GB RAM $27.00
2 1 CPU, 2 GB RAM $39.00
3 1 CPU, 4 GB RAM $63.00
4 2 CPUs, 8 GB RAM $111.00
5 4 CPUs, 16 GB RAM $207.00
6 4 CPUs, 24 GB RAM $303.00
7 4 CPUs, 32 GB RAM $399.00
8 6 CPUs, 48 GB RAM $591.00
9 6 CPUs, 64 GB RAM $783.00
  • In addition to the recurring charges, we will also charge the requestor a one-time setup/consultation fee of $120.
  • Additional consulting is available for an hourly rate of $55
  • All prices include 30 GB disk space. Additional storage is available for $0.25 per gigabyte per month plus $0.25 per gigabyte per month for backup.


Phone To report a service outage, please call 312-413-8080. All other support requests should be routed to

Further Information

ACCC Service Level Agreement (SLA)

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 News and Alerts:
Listserv 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.

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