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Supporting Restricted Research at Virginia Tech

February 26, 2018

Beginning January 2018, researchers at Virginia Tech developing or working on projects containing controlled unclassified information will be required by the Federal Government to meet new compliance regulations.   This new requirement is an approach by the Department of Defense to increase data security compliance across the board to a common control standard. 

To prepare Virginia Tech for these changes, the Office of Export and Secure Research Compliance (OESRC), a department in the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation, and Collaborative Computing Solutions (CSS), a department in the Division of IT, have launched a new Secure Research Environment (SRE) designed to support these new compliance requirements.  The SRE environment launched on December 14, 2017 and provides a convenient and compliant service for researchers to onboard into a compute environment where they can focus on their research efforts.

Virginia Tech researchers pursuing government contracts that may be categorized as restricted research should contact OESRC ( to learn more about the SRE service. 


About the Office of Export and Secure Research Compliance

The Office of Export and Secure Research Compliance (OESRC) supports Virginia Tech's commitment to complying with U.S. laws and regulations applicable to export and trade sanctions. OESRC works with the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP) and other University departments to ensure compliance with regulations promulgated by the regulatory agencies, including but not limited to the Department of State, Department of Commerce, and the Department of the Treasury. If an export assessment determines that an activity is subject to these regulations, OESRC will assist the affected party in setting up security measures and protocols needed to ensure compliance with export and sanction regulations through the establishment of a Technology Control Plan (TCP) or other certification document.


About the Division of IT

The Division of IT provides technology and services that enable:

  • Enhanced support for teaching and learning

  • Participation and support for research activities

  • Outreach, partnerships with communities, and advanced networking and communications

  • Access, security, and maintenance of information systems that allow the university to accomplish its missions 

Oversight of the security of university information technology resources and information is entrusted to the Vice President for Information Technology by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.