A Solution for Data Security Workforce Shortage

Oct 05, 2016

Elynx Technologies Partners with The University of Tulsa

TULSA, Oklahoma – In highly specialized areas such as oil and gas, data security companies are struggling to find workers equipped with the skills to keep volatile and sensitive information secure while being sent rapidly across the globe. To solve this challenge companies such as eLynx Technologies are turning to untapped hubs of creative, brilliant individuals and local universities.

The Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things (ARC-CoT) in the Tandy School of Computer Science at The University of Tulsa (TU) and eLynx Technologies recently announced a new partnership to enhance data security in the oil and gas field. TU, through the Tandy School of Computer Science, is recognized by the National Security Agency as a National Center for Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense Education and Research.

“eLynx can tap into the Tandy School of Computer Science’s world renown cyber security and operations programs. This team will be looking for vulnerability patterns using advanced machine learning algorithms to provide more actionable responses,” said eLynx President and CEO Stephen Jackson. “Our security will only be enhanced with our new partnership with TU’s Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things.”

The University of Tulsa also knows there is much to celebrate in this partnership, as their students are afforded the opportunity to apply their knowledge in real-life situations.

“The University of Tulsa is proud to partner with industry leaders such as eLynx, which combines the best of the technology and energy sectors,” said TU President Steadman Upham. “TU strives to develop and share innovative ideas that improve operations and revolutionize business and nonprofit organizations.”

Both eLynx and The University of Tulsa believe that this academic and private sector partnership model is essential to addressing the ever growing demand for cyber security experts, while also preparing the next generation of leaders in the field.

“Our collaboration with eLynx is a testament to the respected reputation we have built in the engineering and science fields,” said James R. Sorem, dean of the TU College of Engineering and Natural Sciences. “Students and faculty benefit greatly from research and development opportunities that advance technology and broaden our potential as a top national university.”

As the oil and gas industry embraces a digital oil field and the internet of things becomes more prevalent, security of the collected and shared data is critical for future safety of its infrastructure.  For eLynx, more than 16 years of collected well data in all the major U.S. basins can be reviewed by TU’s ARC-CoT, with an enhanced algorithm, to detect vulnerabilities.

“The mission of the Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things is to collaborate with industry to develop experimental platforms, data analysis techniques, predictive analytics, and cloud services for a variety of internet-enabled devices,” said Rose Gamble, D.Sc, Tandy Professor of Computer Science & Engineering and the Center’s director. “This research will allow eLynx and research teams associated with the Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things to advance the security of the data and provide real time analytics to look for and predict anomalies.”

About Tandy School of Computer Science:

The University of Tulsa’s Tandy School of Computer Science offers three undergraduate majors: Computer Science, Information Technology, and Computer Simulation and Gaming. The School offers Master’s degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Cyber Security, and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science and Computer Engineering. Faculty research spans a broad range of areas including distributed systems, cloud computing, software engineering, gaming and simulation, bioinformatics, computer security and information assurance, cyber physical systems, machine learning, and robotics. In addition to research funding from industry, faculty research has been sponsored by many state and federal agencies including National Science Foundation, Department of Homeland Security, Air Force Research Laboratories, Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Army Research Office, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Department of Energy. For more information on the School, contact Roger Wainwright (Chair) at rogerw@utulsa.edu. For more information on the Applied Research Center for Cloud of Things, contact Rose Gamble at gamble@utulsa.edu.

About eLynx Technologies:

eLynx Technologies is a forward-thinking data insights and analytics company and is a leader in remote monitoring and field automation services to the oil and gas industry. Since 2000, eLynx has provided real-time data collection, production reporting, and remote monitoring and control for its more than four hundred exploration and production clients. Their web-based and mobile software delivers data to help clients optimize production, develop efficiencies, and reduce operational cost. Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, eLynx has support offices throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Wyoming, North Dakota, and West Virginia, covering all major basins in North America. For more information, visit www.elynxtech.com.