With ransomware and other cyberattacks on the rise, Indiana’s colleges and universities need a way to quickly know about and mitigate cybersecurity incidents on their networks.

That’s why I-Light, Indiana’s high-speed research and education network, and the Indiana GigaPOP are partnering with OmniSOC to provide these services to its members—at no extra cost.

OmniSOC is a shared cybersecurity operations center for higher education and research and a trusted leader in the higher education cybersecurity community. Since forming in 2018, the center has made a name for itself delivering critical, actionable, high-quality alerts 24x7x365, at substantial savings.

“In our monthly town hall meetings with our members, we are hearing that cybersecurity—and its high cost—are huge concerns for them,” said Marianne Chitwood, executive director, I-Light and Indiana GigaPOP. “Partnering with OmniSOC allowed us to meet both these needs, truly benefiting our members.”

The I-Light network connects its 40+ member institutions seamlessly to each other as well as to the Indiana GigaPOP, which gives them access to national and international research and education networks and enables collaborative research with partners across the country and around the world.

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“The OmniSOC partnership is going to provide Marian University with a much higher level of protection than we’d be able to have on our own. Providing out-of-the-box solutions like this are game changers for smaller universities,” said Ray Stanley, vice president and chief information officer, Marian University.

Today, OmniSOC is higher education’s only collaborative, multistate security operations center (SOC), the only collaborative SOC supporting National Science Foundation research, and the only SOC with a multi-state institutional data-sharing agreement for researchers. Notably, in December 2020, OmniSOC was ranked as the number one higher education threat-hunting team in the country.

“This collaboration to provide OmniSOC services to the Indiana GigaPOP and I-Light members will create a new model for a regional network to deliver services to its customers,” said Von Welch, executive director of OmniSOC. “The partnership opens up a whole new path for greater risk management and threat awareness for those members to effectively respond to incidents with professional assistance.”