Von Welch

About Von Welch

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Von Welch is the director of Indiana University's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR). He specializes in cybersecurity for distributed systems, particularly scientific collaborations and federated identity. Current roles include PI and director for the Center for Trustworthy Scientific Cyberinfrastructure, a project dedicated to helping NSF science projects with their cybersecurity needs, and CSO of the Software Assurance Market Place, a DHS-funded facility to foster software assurance and software assurance research. Previously he has worked with a range of high-visibility projects to provide cybersecurity to the broader scientific and engineering community, including TeraGrid, Open Science Grid, Ocean Observatory Infrastructure, and GENI. His work in software and standards includes authoring two IETF RFCs and the development of several security systems for distributed computing including CILogon and MyProxy.

Prior to joining Indiana University Mr. Welch was the founder and owner of Von Welch Consulting LLC and the founding co-director of the Cybersecurity Directorate at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications. The CyberSecurity Directorate is responsible for NCSA's computer security and works with external distributed scientific computing projects to meet their cybersecurity needs. Under his leadership, this group grew from a small, internally funded group to a nationally recognized organization with over a dozen staff, providing cybersecurity services for many of the national scientific distributed computing infrastuctures.

During his tenure at NCSA, he served as the Area Director for Networking, Operations and Security for the NSF TeraGrid Project, a federation of eleven partner sites providing cutting edge computing, storage and networking resources to the national scientific community. In this role, Mr. Welch led geographically and organizationally distributed individuals in maintaining and advancing the project's networking, operations and security. His accomplishments within TeraGrid included developing and deploying an security architecture for it's science gateways program and leading its deployment of federated identity and establishing it as service provider in InCommon.

Prior to working at NCSA, Mr. Welch was a Software Architect for the Globus project at the University of Chicago, where he was responsible for providing leadership in the area of security for the project.

Mr. Welch has worked in technical standards, including authoring two IETF RFCs (3820 and 4462) as well as chairing standards working groups.

For more information about current activities, please see Von Welch's Projects page. For a complete list of publications, presentations, and organized workshops see Von Welch's publications page.