The Oregon Research and Teaching Security Operations Center (ORTSOC) initiative is investigating the best way to establish a regional, world-class shared SOC to improve participating organizations’ cybersecurity capabilities while providing experiential and research opportunities for student’s in cybersecurity programs.

We are headed toward a crisis. Cybersecurity threats are increasing in intensity and sophistication with the resulting data breaches accounting for tremendous losses for organizations. As these organizations seek to improve their security posture, they are finding a shortage of qualified workers. In May 2020, there were 507,924 cybersecurity job openings in the U.S. (4,595 positions in Oregon)

Academia responded, and in the last several years there have been a proliferation of cybersecurity and information assurance programs developed. But according to a recent report by the U.S. Departments of Commerce and of Homeland Security, those efforts might be failing to fully meet needs. “Employers increasingly are concerned about the relevance of cybersecurity-related education programs in meeting the needs of their organizations” was one of the key findings of the report. Further research has pointed to the importance of experiential learning to make graduating students appealing to employers.

ORTSOC proposes to incubate and scale up its programs to become the preeminent regional research and teaching Security Operations Center and a trusted cybersecurity partner offering an affordable suite of services to a consortium of under-resourced entities through an experiential learning and professional development program for students.

With degree and certificate programs, a comprehensive curriculum, and consortium member services, ORTSOC will create multiple pathways for diverse student cohorts to progress through OSU cybersecurity programs.

Current Team

Rakesh Bobba
Associate Professor
Dave Nevin
Assistant Professor of Practice
David Barber
Senior Program Manager
Information Services, UIT
Micheal Curry
Instructor and Cybersecurity Researcher
Brandon Ellis
Graduate Student
Matthew Jansen
Graduate Student
Deborah Kurnik
Grant Writer
EECS, College of Engineering


Scott Ashford
Andrea Ballinger
CIO and Vice Provost
Tim Carroll