BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—On August 1, the IU-led OmniSOC was announced as the 2019 Campus Technology Impact Award winner in the IT Infrastructure and Systems category. OmniSOC is a shared cybersecurity operations center, or SOC, for higher education. OmniSOC strives to help reduce the time from first awareness of a cybersecurity threat anywhere to mitigation everywhere for its members.
This recognition from Campus Technology is a testament to the importance of collaboration in higher education and an honor for our founding partners.
Tom Davis, OmniSOC’s founding executive director and chief information security officer
OmniSOC current partners include five Big 10 universities: Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, and the University of Nebraska—Lincoln. Tom Davis, IU associate vice president for information security and OmniSOC’s founding executive director and chief information security officer, leads the project from IU Bloomington. The center is working to expand its membership, and is adding similarly sized partners both inside and outside the Big 10.
“The cybersecurity professionals in the Big 10 have been collaborating for nearly three decades, and over those years, we have developed strong relationships and bonds of trust that have facilitated our sharing of cybersecurity data and our OmniSOC work to date,” Davis said. “This recognition from Campus Technology is a testament to the importance of collaboration in higher education and an honor for our founding partners.”
Davis continued, “We will continue to work with our partners to improve, refine, and mature our services and in doing so increase our ability to identify suspicious and malicious activity on our networks. This will naturally include emerging technologies such as machine learning to further enhance our capabilities.”
Campus Technology magazine focuses on technology in higher education. This award honors “exemplary colleges and universities that are making an extraordinary impact with technology on campus, doing important work in the service of teaching, learning, administration and operations,” according to the Campus Technology website. The IT Infrastructure and Systems category is one of the five categories for the Impact Award.