The Cybersecurity Operations Center @ UT Austin (CSOC)

The UT Cybersecurity Operations Center (CSOC) is a first-class facility on the UT Austin campus designed to spur innovative cybersecurity-related research, improve cybersecurity education, and enhance the reputation of UT Austin as a creative leader in the research and operational realms.

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"I don't know that much about cyber, but I do think that's the number one problem with mankind."

— Warren Buffett

The Cybersecurity Landscape

Now, more than ever, cyber attacks pose a serious threat to the existence of a safe computing environment. Organizations face rising cybersecurity costs and an extreme shortage of trained cybersecurity professionals, as a result.  The UT CSOC aims to build a future generation of cyber warriors and develop novel methods for defense, offense and detection. See Why You Should Work in Cybersecurity.

1.8 Million+

Cybersecurity workforce gap by the year 20221

$6 Trillion+

In annual global cybercrime
costs by the year 20212

10 Billion+

Records breached from since the year 20053

The UT CSOC aims to build a future generation of cyber warriors and develop novel methods for defense, offense and detection.

Cybersecurity Operations

The CSOC augments the defense capabilities of the UT Austin Information Security Office (ISO) to ensure the network security of UT Austin, UT System, various state agencies, and our partners beyond.  The Information Security Office collaborates with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Department of Computer Science on these advancements.

Educational Opportunities

The CSOC aspires to expand on the ISO’s current undergraduate curriculum in the departments of Computer Science and Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as creating new pathways for related programs in non-STEM areas of the university, with the ultimate goal of developing new cyber warriors of the future.

Hands-On Learning

The CSOC will enable UT students and industry professionals from various disciplines to gain hands-on, practical knowledge of cybersecurity through a series of internships, fellowships, and residencies by assisting the ISO's operational activities.

Employment & Research Collaborations

The CSOC will allow innovative research to be conducted by UT faculty and students, including projects associated with unique datasets from UT and industry partners beyond, as well as software, hardware, and commercialization opportunities. Close industry partnerships would create recruiting opportunities that could ultimately help bridge the cybersecurity worker shortage gap.

Since 1998, the UT Austin Information Security Office (ISO) has been pioneering the higher-education cybersecurity field through innovative research, the development of commercialized enterprise security products, and the expansion of education and awareness of the field. Now is the time to take it to the next level.

Be a Part of the Vision

We’re doing amazing things and are looking for excited partners to collaborate with! Consider supporting The Cybersecurity Operations Center at the University of Texas at Austin. We’re more than happy to discuss opportunities in more detail if you’d like to get in contact with us too.

A Note from the Chief Information Security Officer

The continued evolution and innovation of our nation's cybersecurity capabilities in a very complex world is essential.  The UT Cybersecurity Operations Center is founded on a rich history of broad positive impacts and leading edge discoveries. We're honored to have the opportunity to serve in this space and partner with other leading experts to meet the needs that are before us. 

Cam Beasley

Chief Information Security Officer