Secure management of sensitive human data - do's and don'ts

Date 2 June 2016
Speaker(s) Mark Ibberson
Cancellation deadline 30 May 2016
City Lausanne


Several research groups are dealing with very sensitive human data, and learning how to properly manage them, from acquisition to storage and sharing, has become urgent.
This course will introduce the general steps needed to avoid public leaks of sensitive data, protecting by the same time your reputation and that of your institution. The course will cover best practices for the management of sensitive human data, from the technical aspects of how the data should be stored and shared, to practical guidelines of how to manage such data in an an analysis setting. The course will be illustrated with several use-cases of current projects within the SIB.


Any scientist dealing with sensitive data at any stage of the data life cycle would be encouraged to follow this best practises training.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course participants should:

  • Be aware of risks involved with handling sensitive data
  • Know how to minimize these risks by applying best practices


  9h30 - 10h15: Introduction to sensitive data management, do’s and don'ts
10h15 - 10h45: Use cases 1 - Practical examples of projects dealing with sensitive data
10h45 - 11h00: Coffee break
11h00 - 11h30: Use cases 2 - Practical examples of projects dealing with sensitive data
11h30- 12h: Conclusions, discussion and wrap-up


The course is free.

You will be informed by email of your registration confirmation.

Deadline for application and cancellation is set to 30 May. Please note that participation to SIB courses is subject to our general conditions, available here.


Auditorium 1 (room 231), Cubotron Building, University of Lausanne

Additional information

The course will be taught by Mark Ibberson from the Vital-IT group at SIB.

Coordination: Diana Marek, Training group at SIB

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