Building a cloud-based Sensitive Data Platform (without compromising usability or security)

Mr Robert Pocklington1, Mrs Gen Rosewall1

1AARNet, Melbourne, Australia

There is an increasing demand for services that will assist researchers to transfer, store, share and analyse sensitive data. We classify sensitive data as data concerning human participants, data relating to species of plants or animals, culturally sensitive data and commercially sensitive data.

AARNet engagement across the Australian Research community showed that institutions are finding it difficult to enable collaboration on sensitive data through on-premise systems and are looking to outsource this using cloud-based solutions.  AARNet has been monitoring this area with interest and we have begun a journey to build a solution for these problems.

AARNet has been building a Cloud based sensitive data service for over a year in collaboration with the research community. We have been carefully refining it to be used for a wide variety of Sensitive Data projects.

In this presentation we will address the most important and frequently asked questions about our service and explain the thoughts behind our design choices to differentiate this from other existing or alternative approaches people currently use to manage Sensitive Data in their institutions.

We will then delve into some important aspects about Sensitive Data that may be easily overlooked in terms of security, metadata and effective administration of these projects over time.


Rob is working in the Cloud Services team as the Principal Developer of the Sensitive Data Service at AARNet.  He is a seasoned agile full-stack Software Engineer, having worked at companies like Seek, MYOB, AGL and NAB in the past and is an avocate and contributor to Open-Source Software (OSS).

Gen works across the Cloud Services and eResearch teams assisting AARNet in the delivery of new cloud services to deliver highly secure, large and scalable data storage and cloud compute platforms to support the research and education sector.


Oct 15 2021


3:00 pm - 3:20 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Oct 15 2021
  • Time: 12:00 am - 12:20 am