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Indiana University-led cybersecurity center earns 2019 CSO50 award

OmniSOC recognized for value, thought leadership in safeguarding higher education institutions

BLOOMINGTON, Ind.—OmniSOC at Indiana University has been named a recipient of a 2019 CSO50 Award from IDG's CSO. Each year, the publication honors a group of 50 organizations whose security projects/initiatives have created outstanding value and thought leadership.

Tom Davis, OmniSOC executive director and chief information security officer, will accept the award at the CSO50 Conference + Awards in April 2019.

OmniSOC is a first-of-its-kind higher education joint cybersecurity operations center designed to protect higher education institutions—along with the hundreds of thousands of devices and tens of thousands of students and faculty on their campuses—from cybersecurity threats. The goal of OmniSOC is to help these institutions reduce the time from first awareness of a cybersecurity threat anywhere to mitigation everywhere for its member institutions.

This truly is a team award. The founding CIOs and chief information security officers crafted the vision for our sector-specific initiative, and our talented OmniSOC staff, along with strong support of the founding security teams, executed that vision. Their innovative work will benefit higher education security for many years to come

Tom Davis, OmniSOC executive director and chief information security officer

A pioneering initiative of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the extensible OmniSOC was founded by Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, with additional universities expected to join over time.

“The OmniSOC team is honored to be named to this exclusive group of cybersecurity leaders,” Davis said. “This truly is a team award. The founding CIOs and chief information security officers crafted the vision for our sector-specific initiative, and our talented OmniSOC staff, along with strong support of the founding security teams, executed that vision. Their innovative work will benefit higher education security for many years to come.”

“This year’s class of CSO50 award winners raise the bar on security innovation,” said Amy Bennett, executive editor, CSO. “While delivering business value and demonstrating thought leadership are the metrics on which they are measured, the greater value is in the peer-to-peer sharing of ideas across a range of industries, across company sizes, for-profit and not-for-profit, public and private. The magic really happens on the stage at the CSO50 conference when these projects are brought to life in presentations and panel discussions. It is an honor to give them the recognition they deserve.”

About OmniSOC
OmniSOC is a cybersecurity operations center, currently shared among five universities, that provides trusted, rapid, actionable cyber intelligence to its members. A subscription-based service, OmniSOC helps institutions minimize the time from when an institution learns of a cyber threat to when it responds to a threat. Hosted at Indiana University and founded by five institutions—Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln— OmniSOC helps members thwart threats through collaboration, threat detection and data sharing. All participants become more secure, informed and responsive to threats —be it from politically or socially motivated hackers (hacktivists), organized criminals or nation state threat actors—than they would be individually. 


OmniSOC provides its members several key benefits in cyber threat response, including greater sophistication, an opportunity to collaborate for faster responses and a service highly tailored to respond to threats faced by higher education institutions.

About the CSO50 Awards
The CSO50 Awards recognizes 50 organizations for security projects and initiatives that demonstrate outstanding business value and thought leadership. The CSO50 Awards are scored according to a uniform set of criteria by a panel of judges that includes security leaders and industry experts.