BMEplanet utilizes some of the most advanced technology for Internet security available today to ensure that your data are safe, secure, and available to only you, your colleagues, and (if you allow it) other registered users of our trusted, high net-knowledge network.
Integrity of our network
To protect the integrity of our trusted, high net-knowledge network, we require new users to authenticate themselves by specifying an e-mail address belonging to the domain of an organization that has previously registered with BMEplanet. While anyone can register an organization and the process is fast, easy, and free (see www.bmeplanet.org/organizations/register), all such requests are vetted by the BMEplanet team to ensure that they correspond to a legitimate organization with a genuine interest in bioengineering or related areas. Freely available e-mail accounts such as @gmail.com or @hotmail.com are currently insufficient for registration.
Access and cookies
When you access BMEplanet, the Transport Layer Security (TLS; previously Secure Socket Layer or SSL) protocol protects your username and password information using both server authentication and data encryption. We use a session "cookie" only to record encrypted authentication information for the duration of a specific session. The session "cookie" does not include either the username or password for a user.
Hosting, file storage, and data backup
BMEplanet is hosted in a secure server environment using full hardware firewalling with packet inspection, virus protection, and other advanced technologies to prevent interference or access from outside intruders. We use a high-availability, high-performance cluster of Network Appliance managed file servers, with fully redundant hardware and daily backups to a secured off-site facility, to minimize the risk of data loss or access disruption.