Von Welch, ResearchSOC principal investigator
Von Welch is Acting Associate Vice President for Information Security at Indiana University. He is also executive director for cybersecurity innovation, executive director of the OmniSOC, and director of the Indiana University Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. CACR has a unique focus: to improve real-world cybersecurity for organizations with missions that challenge traditional cybersecurity approaches. OmniSOC is the shared cybersecurity operations center for higher education and research. Founded by Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Indiana University, this pioneering initiative reduces the time from first awareness of a cybersecurity threat anywhere to mitigation everywhere for higher education institutions and research facilities members. Located at IU, OmniSOC also supports the ResearchSOC. Mr. Welch also holds the roles of PI and director for Trusted CI, the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, and co-PI and chief information security officer for the DHS-funded Software Assurance Marketplace.