ResearchSOC: Cybersecurity for the Nation's Research
TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionResearch projects are prime targets for cyberattacks, and those attacks can prevent once-in-a-lifetime scientific discoveries. Such was the case in late 2017, when astrophysicists at Australia’s Zadko Telescope found themselves unable to move their telescope to measure gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars because their systems had been hacked. Like the Zadko facility, many research projects are large, highly collaborative, and use diverse infrastructure. Additionally, these projects have requirements to seamlessly share and access data across institutional and geographic boundaries. And, unfortunately, these facilities face an increasing array of cyber threats to the integrity of their data, the availability of their instrumentation, and the accessibility of their systems. Moreover, research projects also share the condition of constrained resources to devote to cybersecurity. The ResearchSOC is an innovative, NSF-funded new model for providing key operational services and expertise to address these unique cybersecurity concerns. The ResearchSOC has three NSF large facilities as early adopter clients: the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), the Gemini Observatory, and UNAVCO and the National Earth Science Geodetic Facility (GAGE). ResearchSOC is a collaborative effort of three institutions: Indiana University, Duke University, and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center. This new and unique model of for research cybersecurity aims to make scientific computing resilient to cyberattacks and capable of supporting trustworthy, productive research. The ResearchSOC does this by providing the cybersecurity services, expertise, training, and information sharing specifically designed for research and education projects. The poster outlines the rationale, organization, collaboration, services, benefits, and use cases for the ResearchSOC.