2020 highlights

Below is an overview of major highlights for CACR in fiscal year 2020.

  1. CACR Director and IU Executive Director for Cybersecurity Innovation Von Welch was appointed acting associate vice president for Information Security (now permanent) and executive director of the OmniSOC.  
  2. Trusted CI offered priority support to COVID-19 science projects, produced blog posts relevant to working from home and increased Zoom use, and hosted a virtual town hall to discuss the pandemic’s impact on the NSF community.
  3. ResearchSOC onboarded three NSF facilities: the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, GAGE/UNAVCO, and the Gemini Observatory. 
  4. CACR led anti-Zoombombing outreach efforts to IU student groups and faculty. 
  5. SecureMyResearch engaged 90 research projects, providing consulting and ready-made cybersecurity solutions to accelerate research. 
  6. The PACT team completed a cybersecurity assessment with NSWC Crane and the U.S. Coast Guard of the Virginia International Gateway terminal.
  7. CACR led an IU team of cybersecurity professionals in training Indiana county election officials to secure the 2020 election.
  8. CACR supported the cybersecurity community’s virtual conference efforts by sponsoring online “booths” at key conferences. 
  9. CACR was selected to provide a team to secure a $22.5M NSF initiative to advance distributed high throughput computing (dHTC) as part of the Partnership to Advance Throughput Computing (PATh).
  10. CACR launched two new initiatives: Virtual Cybersecurity Services and Executive Education Cybersecurity for Leaders (C4L).

Key Numbers

  • $93.9M in lifetime regional economic impact 
  • $44.7M in lifetime award dollars
  • $82.5M in NSF research utilizing CACR Research Cybersecurity as a Service
  • $31M/90 projects in IU research engaged by SecureMyResearch
  • 43 IU groups provided Zoombombing prevention consultation
  • 32 Indiana county officials trained in election security
  • 3 NSF major facilities onboarded to ResearchSOC


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