Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR)

A prominent voice in national and global cybersecurity conversations


The Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) was established by Indiana University in 2003 to provide the nation with leadership in applied cybersecurity technology, education, and policy guidance.

CACR interweaves technical and policy expertise. Indiana University’s wide range of scholarly expertise forms its foundation in computer science, informatics, accounting and information systems, criminal justice, law, organizational behavior, and public policy. IU operational units’ extensive practical experience in cybersecurity strengthens this foundation.



Director, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research

Von Welch is the director of Indiana University’s (CACR). He specializes in cybersecurity for distributed systems, particularly scientific collaborations and federated identity. His current roles include serving as PI and director for the , a project dedicated to helping NSF science projects with their cybersecurity needs, and CSO of the , a DHS-funded facility to foster software assurance and ...Read More »

Properly balancing public needs, homeland security concerns, and individual privacy rights is fundamental to CACR’s mission.

Successes in CACR

  • Leading IU’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure
  • Co-leading the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP), winner of the ISE North America Project of the Year Award
  • Obtaining nearly $20 million in funding from the NSF, Department of Energy, Department of Homeland Security, and other sources
  • Partnering with the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center to share cybersecurity expertise in areas like information security and national defense