About CACR


The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research was established by Indiana University in 2003 to provide the nation with leadership in applied cybersecurity technology, education, and policy guidance. Fundamental to CACR’s mission is to properly balance public needs, homeland security concerns, and individual privacy rights. The center has been named an NSA and DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in both Information Assurance Education and Information Assurance Research.

CACR is distinctive in interweaving technical and policy expertise, and draws on Indiana University’s wide range of scholarly expertise in computer science, informatics, accounting and information systems, criminal justice, law, organizational behavior, public policy, and other disciplines, and the extensive practical experience in cybersecurity of its operational units.

The center’s leadership reflects this range of expertise:

  • The center’s director, Von Welch, has more than a decade of experience developing, deploying and providing cybersecurity for private and public sector HPC and distributed computing systems. Before joining IU, he was the founding co-director of the Cybersecurity Directorate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, based at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. He also currently serves as director and principal investigator for the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure, which provides cybersecurity assistance and guidance to projects funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • CACR Deputy Director David G. Delaney is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, and previously served as deputy associate general for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. At DHS, Delaney provided legal advice to senior DHS leaders and their staffs on constitutional, statutory, regulatory, and international law on issues involving cybersecurity, critical infrastructure protection, and intelligence matters.
  • Associate Director William Barnett is senior manager for life sciences in the UITS Research Technologies office, and director of the Advanced IT Core in the IU School of Medicine.
  • Associate Director Mark Bruhn is Indiana University’s associate vice president for assurance and public safety.
  • Associate Director Scott Orr is an instructor in Network Security and System Administration at IUPUI.

CACR activities and accomplishments include:

  • Bringing together world-class speakers in cybersecurity, policy and privacy for the annual prestigious Higher Education Cybersecurity Summit, which the center organizes and hosts.
  • Providing policy advice to the White House 60-day cybersecurity review.
  • Producing, in collaboration with WFIU, Security Matters, a unique, ongoing cybersecurity educational video series for the general public.
  • Hosting the CACR Security Seminar Series, with talks from leading experts in cybersecurity.

CACR is affiliated with the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute and works closely with its partner organizations at Indiana University: CLEAR Health Information, the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business, the School of Informatics and Computing, REN-ISAC, the University Information Policy Office, and the University Information Security Office.

To learn more vists http://cacr.iu.edu/