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.


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Executive Director, Cybersecurity Innovation

Von Welch is the executive director for cybersecurity innovation at Indiana University and the director of IU'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 ...Read More »

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