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How do I access TCGA Data?
TCGA Data and dbGaP Authorization
Can I access TCGA data in FireCloud?
TCGA open access data is available to all FireCloud users. Open access data will be found in pre-loaded workspaces. TCGA controlled access data is accessible to users who have dbGaP authorization to use controlled access data.
How do I access controlled access TCGA data in FireCloud?
To access workspaces in FireCloud containing controlled access data, you must have an eRA Commons or NIH account with dbGaP authorization; and link your FireCloud account to that eRA Commons or NIH account.
How do I gain dbGaP authorization to access controlled access data?
Information about applying for dbGaP authorization can be found on the dbGaP website or on this NCI wiki page. If you are not a principal investigator (PI), your PI may need to apply on your behalf.
What data can I put in FireCloud from a regulatory point-of-view?
If the Data Use Agreement (DUA) for your data set explicitly states that the data may be used on a public cloud computing environment, you may use it on FireCloud. FireCloud requires users to abide by all DUAs. It is the responsibility of the users to ensure that all data is used in compliance with the associated DUA.
Is FireCloud secure?
Yes. FireCloud has been developed in accordance with security guidelines for a Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Moderate System (http://csrc.nist.gov/groups/SMA/fisma/).
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connections are employed for web browsers and system APIs. Data are encrypted at rest by Google Cloud Storage.
A separate system security plan (SSP) will govern Google Cloud Infrastructure development in adherence to Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) guidelines (https://www.fedramp.gov/).