November 29, 2021

Bloomington, Ind. – IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) is offering critically needed practical assessment tools, leadership training and consultation services to Indiana business leaders.

“Cybersecurity is a tough problem without quick, easy solutions. We look for needs and gaps, and fill them with practical tools and guidelines built on a foundation of design-based research,” said Craig Jackson, program director at CACR.

Available both in-person and virtually, CACR’s Cybersecurity for Leadership (C4L) training begins with a half-day bootcamp that provides tools to help participants better understand fundamentals and common issues with an organized programmatic approach to cybersecurity.

CACR also provides actionable cybersecurity assessment services, using the PACT methodology, to optimize an organization’s cybersecurity program. PACT provides recommendations for operational personnel and lays out priorities for organizational leaders by addressing operational realities.

“Thanks to the PACT cybersecurity assessments, we have decided to revisit our cybersecurity strategy from the top-down. It really helped us take a different perspective,” said Rich Ceci, senior vice president for technology and projects, Port of Virginia.

Developed by CACR subject-matter experts for the U.S. Navy, the PACT methodology has been successfully applied in diverse operational environments.

The center has partnered with a wide range of public and private institutions including the State of Indiana, the Port of Virginia, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division (NSWC Crane), Indiana Innovation Institute (IN3) and Cummins, among others.

“Our partners have been using our assessment reports to guide and prioritize their cybersecurity projects for years,” said Jackson. “Whether or not you are a cybersecurity expert, our programs provides useful tools and guidance for organizational leaders.”

In addition to training industry and business leaders, IU offers various degree programs and certificates for cybersecurity education at all levels. Visit Cybersecurity Education at IU to learn more about IU’s cybersecurity programs across the Maurer School of Law, the Kelley School of Business and the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering.

“Cybersecurity affects organizations of all sizes,” said Valerie Gill, associate vice president of business partnerships. “IU has a nationally recognized cybersecurity community. IU’s Office of Business Partnerships team welcomes the opportunity to connect our partners to IU’s organizations and resources that identify and address their cybersecurity problems.”

For more details and questions about CACR’s assessments, consulting, training, and other IU-led cybersecurity services, please contact or visit


About the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR)
CACR provides leadership in applied cybersecurity technology, education, and policy by identifying and addressing cybersecurity problems facing public and private communities, while inviting collaboration to foster innovation and creativity. CACR also provides a variety of services, to include assessments, consulting, training, and fractional-FTE virtual security teams. For more information, please contact or visit

About the IU Office of Business Partnerships
The IU Office of Business Partnerships is the front door for industry partners seeking to cultivate strategic relationships with IU faculty, researchers, and students. Collaborating with industry leaders and entrepreneurs around the world, we build meaningful, sustainable, and mutually beneficial partnerships in support of education and research across Indiana and beyond.