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Secure Research Environment


The Secure Research Environment (SRE) is a service providing a secure, on-campus virtual server infrastructure for the UCI campus research community.

Security and Compliance

SRE is under evaluation to comply with DoD Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Level 1. At this time, SRE is not able to comply with NIST 800-171 and there is no estimated timeline to achieving compliance. If your research grant needs that level of compliance, please consult with the Research Cyber Infrastructure Center (RCIC) on options.

Operating System Supported

As of October 2020, the environment supports virtual servers running Microsoft Windows Server operating systems (version 2012r2 and higher). Linux support may be added at a later date. SRE is not designed for physical server hosting.


SRE started as a proof-of-concept in FY16-17 between RCIC and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for secure storage and computation, serving the School of Social Ecology research groups with the intent to scale to other secure research needs across UCI.

Key Security Controls

  • Access to the environment is restricted, and the environment itself is segregated into distinct areas giving each research team their own space to work in.
  • All user logins require two-factor authentication.
  • All transmission of data into and out of the environment is encrypted and logged.
  • All records and logs are subject to campus audit.


Service2020/21 RatesRate Type
Base System Virtual Server

(1 CPU core, 2 GB RAM, 50 GB disk)
Large System Virtual Server

(2 CPU cores, 4 GB RAM, 50 GB disk)
Secure Research Environment (Storage)$0.057/GB/monthRecharge
Secure Research Environment (Additional RAM)$2.29/GB/monthRecharge

Contact Information

To request an SRE environment, please open a request ticket with OIT’s help desk at
If you have questions about the SRE service, please contact:

Heinz Yu
Manager, Windows Services Group
Office of Information Technology