The Research Security Operations Center (ResearchSOC) was funded by the NSF in 2018 to provide cybersecurity as a service focused on NSF large facilities research projects. Its mission began as a collaborative security response center whose expertise and resources are leveraged by the entire research and education community to improve the cybersecurity posture of scientific cyberinfrastructure and to raise awareness of security threats facing the scientific community.
ResearchSOC is a multi-institutional project that includes cybersecurity leadership from Indiana University, Duke University, the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, and the University of California, San Diego with a stakeholder advisory board from the research and education community.
ResearchSOC enters sustainable operations
ResearchSOC now begins its next phase as a self-funded service offering from Indiana University’s OmniSOC that includes a package of technologies, training, and personnel specifically designed to meet the cybersecurity needs of NSF research facilities. While it maintains its status as an NSF project and a small amount of NSF funding, it is in sustainable operations with nearly all its funding coming from being contracted by NSF Major Facilities.
OmniSOC launched in 2018 as a first-of-its-kind higher education security operations center (SOC). OmniSOC provides 24/7 network security monitoring for its networks, proactive threat hunting, and cybersecurity advisory services.
Today, OmniSOC is higher education’s only collaborative, multistate SOC, the only collaborative SOC supporting National Science Foundation (NSF) research, and the only SOC with a multistate institutional data-sharing agreement for researchers. In the past year alone, OmniSOC has added eight new partner institutions.