Woodstar Labs

Woodstar Labs is a research, analysis, and engineering organization that is wholly-owned by Associated Universities, Inc. (AUI). AUI is a non-profit 501(c)(3), non-partisan, objective educational organization that manages Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs) on behalf of the National Science Foundation (NSF). Woodstar Labs was chartered to focus on four interrelated areas: Information Systems Security, Operational Technology Security, Microelectronics Security, and STEM Education and Engagement. Our clients primarily come from sectors with underserved cybersecurity needs such as large-scale scientific laboratories, the energy sector (specifically small and local utilities), and state and municipal authorities.

Woodstar Labs’ overarching cybersecurity approach includes a defense-in-depth viewpoint that expands on current industry best practices to account for – and mitigate – security challenges arising from rapid technology changes. By tapping into the metadata describing an organization’s network activity, we use the power of behavioral analysis combined with traditional logs, security information and event management (SIEM) devices, and other signature-based systems to make data-driven risk decisions. This data-driven approach allows us to see beyond traditional monitoring systems to expose what is happening throughout an information system. As such, this approach results in anomaly detection, improved cyber hygiene, better situational awareness, and overall improved cybersecurity posture.


Chief Information Security Officer as a Service (CaaS): We offer the services of our team of experts who have decades of combined experience in a wide range of cybersecurity disciplines. We provide leadership and guidance across a range of cybersecurity topic areas and are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of an organization’s information or operational technology systems. Read more about our CaaS offering.

Behavioral Analytics: Through in-depth analysis of metadata from your networks, we can offer an additional and sophisticated layer of defense on top of existing cybersecurity solutions. Woodstar Labs understands how to get the most out of your metadata to provide the kinds of insights that you need.

Resilient Microgrids: We secure distributed and networked energy production and storage facilities that provide power to critical infrastructure during a crisis. Application of our cybersecurity approach to these systems ensures their resilience and stability when the rest of the lights go out.

STEM Education and Engagement: Woodstar Labs has expertise in developing STEM-based curricula and designing and managing educational camps. Education is a central part of our mission, and we work to ensure that students from all backgrounds have the opportunities to explore STEM career opportunities.