Mission Statement

The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research works to enhance the security and integrity of information systems, technologies, and content by facilitating research and education informed by, and integrated with, the practice of information assurance.

CACR draws on Indiana Universityís 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, including the Information Technology Security and Policy Offices and other units within the Office of the Vice President for Information Technology and University Information Technology Services, the University Counselís office, Risk Management, Internal Audit, regional campus computing centers, and the Indiana University Police Department.

"Cybersecurity," as addressed by CACR, is the use of technologies, systems, policies, laws, personnel, and education to protect information networks and systems and information content from unauthorized access, use, destruction, alteration, or injury. It is concerned not only with how this is done, but also with its efficiency, cost, and impact on individuals, the public, the economy, and other values and objectives. The Center will:

  • serve as a meeting ground for cybersecurity scholars, teachers, and practitioners from all campuses;
  • provide a clearinghouse for information on cybersecurity research, teaching, and practice at Indiana University;
  • link Indiana University faculty and staff with external resources in cybersecurity and related fields;
  • seek funding for cybersecurity research, instruction, and practice at Indiana University;
  • facilitate advanced cybersecurity research and the sharing ideas and information both inside and outside of the university;
  • help coordinate the development of an innovative undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education cybersecurity curriculum, including degree and joint-degree programs;
  • improve the practice of information assurance at Indiana University and elsewhere by drawing on the results of research in cybersecurity and related fields; and
  • partner with federal and state governments, business, and other education institutions to improve the quality of information assurance practice, research, and teaching.