This paper describes an approach to cybersecurity for research that is showing great promise in breaking the security versus research impasse. A product of years of effort at Indiana University, it focuses exclusively on the researcher and the research mission, reduces the cybersecurity and compliance burden on the researcher, and aims to secure all research.
Will Drake has worked in various IT roles with Indiana University since 2012, including Operations Supervisor for UITS Data Center Operations and Lead Systems Engineer for the Campus Communications Infrastructure team where he was responsible for ensuring the security of IU’s critical telecommunications infrastructure. Will holds an Associate’s Degree in Computer Information Technology from Ivy Tech and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Informatics with a specialization in Legal Informatics from IUPUI’s School of Informatics and Computing.
After an eight month effort concluding in June of 2021, 155 participants from 84 research institutions from across the United States gathered in six facilitated, NSF-sponsored workshop sessions to determine if coming together as a community could improve the support of individual programs to secure regulated data in research involving the Department of Defense or health sciences.