Introducing OmniSOC: a new cyber security operations center for higher education

Introducing OmniSOC: a new cyber security operations center for higher education

October 22, 2019 0 By Ronny Jaskolski


[ Music ]>>The OmniSOC is a shared
cybersecurity operations center. We will be monitoring security
information and event data from our member networks
and correlating, analyzing and otherwise investigating
that data to identifying a particular threat >>The big 10 CIOs, we knew
something had to be done. We couldn’t just keep
pouring more money into the same approaches
to securing our networks.>>Rutgers became
a founding member of OmniSOC as a way to better protect
our community, our faculty, our staff, our students,
our information assets. Pooling our resources in
a collaborative fashion with sister schools
will position us in a much better fashion to
up our game of cybersecurity.>>So the Big 10 is
the obvious place to launch a shared cyber
security operation center. We’ve been working together
for more than the last 10 years and sharing network services
in the GigaPOP in Chicago. And so that’s given
us the confidence to launch this project together.>>It’s not just
sharing good information as we’ve always done though. This is different. We’re building a cybersecurity operation center that can scale beyond
just the needs of our big 10 founding partners. >>Part of the Northwestern
direction with regard to information protection
is to always do better than just good enough. The opportunity to
participate in OmniSOC with our fellow universities,
leveraging their ingenuity and expertise to develop a state of the art security operation
center was an obvious choice for us.>>As the Big Ten institutions
continue to collaborate on the OmniSOC and the
collection of threat data, it will give us a treasure
trove of threat intelligence that we’ll be able to analyze
and sort through and try to determine if there’s any
rhyme or reason to how some of these attacks began. How quickly they’re
going to spread. The direction that
they might spread. Any of those things might
deliver benefits that we can use to better protect
ourselves into the future. But I also believe in
sector-specific security. Sectors like hospitals or
K through 12, city/county government, or in this case,
higher education. Because we have a similar
lens on risk and capability, legal compliance, and we
could act and trust each other as we work to build out shared
cybersecurity services. [ Music ]