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Lehigh Carbon Community College joins IU-led OmniSOC

LCCC the first community college to partner with premier higher education security operations center

Security and privacy Jun 20, 2023

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind.— Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC), which serves three counties in eastern Pennsylvania, has partnered with OmniSOC, a shared, collaborative higher education security operations center (SOC) led by Indiana University (IU). OmniSOC provides 24/7 network security monitoring for its networks, conducts proactive threat hunting, and cybersecurity advisory services.

OmniSOC launched in 2018 as a first-of-its-kind higher education SOC. Today, OmniSOC is higher education’s only collaborative, multistate SOC, the only collaborative SOC supporting National Science Foundation research, and the only SOC with a multistate institutional data-sharing agreement for researchers.

“Lehigh Carbon Community College is pleased to be the first OmniSOC community college partner,” said Josh Mitchell, CIO / CISO of LCCC. “Cybersecurity is a strategic priority of the college and this partnership will be key in our efforts. We look forward to building a strong relationship with the OmniSOC community for the benefit of all our students and educators.”

“We welcome LCCC to the OmniSOC family of higher education institutions and research facilities,” said Susan Sons, executive director of OmniSOC. “We believe we are better together. By partnering, our aim is to more quickly be aware of cybersecurity threats anywhere and mitigate the risk for all members with a much faster response.”

About Lehigh Carbon Community College

Founded in 1966, Lehigh Carbon Community College is a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, with more than 27% of the student body identifying as Hispanic/Latino. The college serves nearly 9,000 credit and nearly 3,000 noncredit students from Lehigh, Carbon, Schuylkill and surrounding counties in eastern Pennsylvania. LCCC offers two-year associate degrees, certificate and specialized diploma programs, and workforce training and has more than 90 programs of study. Classes are offered at the main campus in Schnecksville and sites in Allentown, Tamaqua and Lehigh Valley International Airport, as well as online.

About OmniSOC

OmniSOC operates in conjunction with the formidable capabilities of the Global Network Operations Center (GlobalNOC) housed at Indiana University. It also makes use of threat intelligence insights from the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) housed at Indiana University. OmniSOC also partners with counterparts in Australia, Canada, and the UK in a cybersecurity threat intelligence-sharing partnership.

OmniSOC was founded by members of the Big Ten Academic Alliance to reduce the time from first detection of a security threat to campus mitigation. Today, OmniSOC’s members include higher education and research institutions of all sizes, both public and private. OmniSOC, through ResearchSOC, supplies cybersecurity for the nation’s greatest research.

OmniSOC is a member of the Indiana University cybersecurity community, which includes the Research and Education Networks Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) and the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. See for more information.

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