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Project lead Tom David
The sharing of security data is probably one of the most unique aspects of OmniSOC, and it is an example of some of the best values of the higher education sector.
OmniSOC’s operations home is at IU in conjunction with GlobalNOC, a nonprofit providing research and education network services. But as new higher ed members join OmniSOC, the complexity of including diverse institutions and perhaps multi-institutional systems may raise a demand for multiple SOCs. Concerned about losing operational efficiencies to rapid growth, OmniSOC has made a commitment to work ahead of the curve, making plans for a tightly integrated network of SOCs that can retain all the benefits of scale while inspiring innovation and the flexibility to respond to larger environmental changes.
Additionally, OmniSOC’s roadmap includes
projects to enable machine learning within Elastic, more evolved integration of strategic and tactical threat intelligence in its processes and systems, the use of diversionary tactics to gather additional insight into hacker tactics, and enrichment of existing data sources with added vulnerability scanning.
Talking with OmniSOC leaders, it’s easy to see that they are keeping their ultimate goal at the forefront: to protect higher education assets so that institutional missions of education and research can proceed without disruption.
Meg Lloyd is a freelance writer based in Northern California.

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