Von Welch is the Executive Director of OmniSOC. In this role, he provides executive leadership to establish OmniSOC and its services based on the needs of founding members Indiana University, Northwestern University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, and the University of Nebraska.

He is also the associate vice president for information security, executive director for cybersecurity innovation at Indiana University, and the director of IU’s Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR).

He specializes in cybersecurity for distributed systems, particularly scientific collaborations and federated identity. His current roles include serving as PI and director for the NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (Trusted CI), a project dedicated to helping NSF science projects with their cybersecurity needs, and PI and director of the Research Security Operations Center (ResearchSOC), a collaborative security response center that addresses the unique cybersecurity concerns of the research community.

Von is a frequent public speaker, and he has authored nearly 50 publications and multiple internet standards.

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, the Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP), 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.

Current roles:

Associate Vice President for Information Security

Executive Director, OmniSOC

Executive Director for Cybersecurity Innovation

NSF Cybersecurity Center of Excellence
Director and Principal Investigator

InCommon Steering Committee
Advisor for Research.

Array of Things
Technical Security and Privacy Group Chair

Virginia ACCORD (Assuring Compliance for Computing and Research Data)
Community Advisory Board

Internet2 External Advisory Group on Cyberinfrastructure Deployment, Support and Protection