CACR is a 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 ComputingREN-ISAC, the University Information Policy Office, and the University Information Security Office.

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 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.
  • Chief Policy Analyst 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 and President of the Internet Civil Engineering Institute.

Building on this foundation, CACR has achieved a number of successes over the past year:

  • 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 public and private communities alike and they invite continued collaboration to foster greater innovation and creativity.