CACR is an Indiana University research center affiliated with the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute and a member of the Indiana University cybersecurity community, which includes the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Informatics and Computing, REN-ISAC, the University Information Policy Office, and the University Information Security Office. CACR has a partnership with IU's Systems Assurance and Integrity Lab (SAIL).
CACR is distinctive in interweaving technical and policy expertise. The Center draws on Indiana University’s wide range of scholarly expertise in computer science, informatics, accounting and information systems, criminal justice, law, organizational behavior, public policy, and other disciplines, as well as the extensive practical cybersecurity experience of its operational units. The center’s leadership reflects this range of expertise:
- Director Von Welch is also Indiana University's Acting Associate Vice President for Information Security, Executive Director of the OmniSOC, and Executive Director for Cybersecurity Innovation. He has more than a decade of experience developing, deploying, and providing cybersecurity for private and public sector HPC and distributed computing systems.
- Administrative Director Leslee Bohland has over two decades of accounting and financial management experience.
- Program Director Craig Jackson's research interests include risk management, information security program development and governance, legal and regulatory regimes’ impact on information security, and identity management.
- Chief Security Analyst Susan Sons focuses on the advancement of cybersecurity practice for research and development organizations. She serves as ISO of Open Science Grid, President of the Internet Civil Engineering Institute, and Deputy Director of the Research SOC.
Building on this foundation, CACR has achieved a number of successes:
- Organizing the National Science Foundation’s Cybersecurity Summit for Large Facilities and Cyberinfrastructure
- Winning the ISE North America Project of the Year Award in the Academic/Public Sector Category for the Department of Homeland Security Software Assurance Marketplace Project
- Recertifying Indiana University as a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education and Research
As a result, CACR has risen to a position of prominence in national and global cybersecurity conversations. CACR’s mission and vision are ambitious but achievable. They challenge CACR—and Indiana University—to identify and address the most difficult cybersecurity problems facing