Security policies

The Workbench has a security policy configuration that enables administrators to restrict users' access to things like:

Policies are specified in a file called policy.properties that needs to be placed within the settings folder under the Workbench installation directory. Users without administrator access typically would not be able to change the contents of this file.

Each of the following keys within a policy.properties file can be followed by either = allow or = deny. No policy.properties file is present in a default Workbench installation, and thus by default, all the policies listed below are allowed.

workbench_version_check
Controls whether notifications for Workbench updates should be shown.
plugin_version_check
Controls whether notifications for plugin updates should be shown. Note that if plugin_download is set to "deny", plugin update notifications will not be shown, regardless of this setting.
online_search
Controls access to online sequence and structure search engines and databases via the tools under the Download menu. Depending on the Workbench being used, this includes tools like Download Genome (Image annotate_tracks_16_n_p), Search for Sequences at NCBI (Image search_ncbi_sequence_16_n_p), Search for PDB Structures at NCBI (Image search_ncbi_pdb_16_n_p), Search for Reads in SRA (Image download_reads_ncbi_sra_16_n_p) and Search for Sequences in UniProt (Image search_uniprot_sequence_16_n_p).
online_ncbi_blast
Controls whether tools performing BLAST at NCBI's servers should be available to users. This includes NCBI BLAST (Image blast_ncbi) run from the Toolbox and also from sequence selections.
ncbi_blast_download
Controls whether the Download BLAST databases (Image download_from_web_16_h_p) tool, which allows download of BLAST databases from NCBI's servers, should be available.
plugin_manage
Controls whether the Plugin Manager should be available. Users will still be able to install plugin updates if plugin_download and plugin_version_check are allowed.
plugin_file_install
Controls whether plugins can be installed from a local file.
plugin_download
Controls whether plugins can be downloaded and installed via the Download Plugins tab of the Workbench Plugin Manager. Setting this policy to deny also stops checks for for updated plugins and the display of notification dialogs about available plugin updates during Workbench startup.
workflow_manage
Controls whether the Manage Workflows dialog should be available.
workflow_file_install
Controls whether workflows can be installed from a file.
sequence_to_structure
Controls access to the Link Variants To Structure (Image variantsin3d_16_n_p) and Download 3D Protein Structure Database (Image download_variantsin3d_16_n_p) tools, as well as whether the 'Link to Structure' links in variant tables should be enabled or not.
usage_information_collection
Controls whether anonymous information about the usage of the workbench is shared with QIAGEN, helping us improve our products. It is also possible to opt out of providing usage information on a per-user basis via a setting in the General section of the Preferences dialog.
welcome_center
Controls whether the Workbench should contact the server that distributes content for the Welcome Center. Only pertinent to the CLC Genomics Workbench 12 and later versions of that product.

A sample policy.properties file can be downloaded from
http://resources.qiagenbioinformatics.com/deployment/current/policy.properties. This can then be placed in the settings folder and edited to contain the relevant values. The new policy will take effect next time the Workbench is started.