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2015

December

Defining an Effective Research Consortium

New England, Massachusetts, and specifically the Greater Boston region are well known for their academic excellence, their industry clusters, and their political clout. Unfortunately, unlike other regions in the U.S. and the world, collaboration to build a focused regional brand has fallen short – most notably in the areas of cybersecurity research and development. Despite a collection of some of the globe’s most coveted assets, there is no current umbrella unit to pool resources from university, industry, and government. Until now. 

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October

What is "reasonable" in cybersecurity

Cybersecurity has quickly evolved from an IT issue to a business issue to now a legal issue. As recent as this week, legal actions by the FTC and SEC are holding organizations accountable for security breaches citing relaxed cybersecurity practices. Colin Zick, partner at Foley Hoag comments on lessons learned from the rulings and suggests that organizations revisit the most basic principles that comprise every data privacy and security program.

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May

The Impact of Federal Cybersecurity Efforts

Next month on June 2, The Advanced Cyber Security Center will convene cybersecurity thought leaders at State Street Corporation to explore the landscape of national cyber intelligence. Featured in one of the panels, Jon Oltsik from ESG was interviewed by ACSC in regards to recent ESG research concluding that critical infrastructure organizations want more cybersecurity help from Washington. This month, we asked Mr. Oltsik about the role of the federal government in cyber training and cyber intelligence.

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April

Burning Glass Technology's Stephen Lynch on the Supply and Demand on Cybersecurity Jobs

As part of the most recent April 14 Cyber Exchange Forum hosted by UMass Lowell, Burning Glass presented updated workforce data analytics for cybersecurity jobs across the nation and in Massachusetts. Director of Workforce Development Stephen Lynch explored the skills in demand and recommended collaboration between universities and industry to build a robust cybersecurity talent pipeline.

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March

RSA's Mike Brown, Rear Admiral (ret.), on White House's Latest Executive Order

Since launching nearly five years ago, ACSC has been blazing a trail during an era of growing threat information sharing. Our annual conference keynotes have reflected this gradual and now quickly-moving evolution.

In 2011, Rear Admiral Michael Brown celebrated our region’s cross-sector collaboration for sharing threat information. In 2012, DoD’s Deputy Director Dr. Stephen King stressed the importance of public-private partnerships in facing threat sharing.

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January

Experts: Integrate cybersecurity into risk management

On December 11, 2014 the Advanced Cyber Security Center sponsored a roundtable discussion on Risk Management hosted by DLA Piper. The event featured a panel discussion focused on information governance and enterprise risks including legal risks associated with cybersecurity.

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2014

October

Exploring Cybersecurity at the ACSC Annual Conference

Dealing with a cyber attack and the “boom” it creates leaves organizations in a vulnerable and reactionary position for dealing with the adversary and the fallout of the compromise. On a timeline, this right of boom activity could be avoided if there were more proactive left of boom securities in place. The Advanced Cyber Security Center, New England’s premier nonprofit consortium of cyber experts, will convene the nation’s cybersecurity thought leaders and front-line practitioners to explore best practices for threat sharing, to define new methods for next-generation resiliency, and to investigate new approaches to prepare for cyber attacks. The annual conference is being held on November 5, 2014 from 8:30am-5:00pm at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and will feature a keynote address by Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group.

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August

New England’s Advanced Cyber Security Center and the Western Cyber Exchange Demonstrate Major Cybersecurity Advancement

In an unprecedented victory for cyber security, the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) in Boston, Mass., and the Western Cyber Exchange (WCX) Network Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colo., successfully and securely exchanged cyber threat messages using leading cyber analytic tools.

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June

Make sure your CLOUD has a silver lining

Thought leaders from cyber security convened for the ACSC's first Cyber Exchange Forum to explore the opportunities and challenges of secure cloud computing.

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May

ACSC on the horizon

When Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator recognized the Advanced Cyber Security Center in the White House blog for “its value in building smaller trust networks across sectors in metropolitan areas,” it was a culmination of the work that Mass Insight launched as a nonprofit in 2011.

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March

Business Engagement with Higher Education is Critical for Meeting Cybersecurity Workforce Demand

The demand for cybersecurity professionals has grown more than 3.5 times faster than the demand for other information technology (IT) jobs and about 12 times faster than the demand for all other jobs in the past five years according to a 2013 report from Burning Glass Technologies. More so, cybersecurity professionals at all levels of the profession command higher salaries than do their IT counterparts across the country.

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February

ACSC positioned for expansion and increased member impact in 2014

“Expansion, enhancement, execution,” says Charlie Benway, ACSC Executive Director. “2013 was a momentous year for the ACSC and we will carry that momentum into 2104 as we continue to grow our membership, improve our initiatives, and maximize our collaboration to face today’s most advanced cyber threats.”

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2013

December

Next Generation of Cyber Security Experts Wins Awards

International universities. World-class hospitals. Cutting-edge technologies. The New England region is known for many top-ranked industries, now including cybersecurity – an emerging sector that transcends nearly all disciplines. In addition to the industry leaders developing solutions to face the growing number of cyber threats, the region’s research universities are actively developing the next generation of cybsecurity experts. With the demand for cyber security experts growing at 12 times the overall job market, focusing on the pipeline of cybersecurity talent is a key initiative of the Advanced Cyber Security Center.

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October

ACSC Conference: A Roadmap for Automated Threat Sharing

On November 12, cyber security experts from across New England and around the country will convene for the Advanced Cyber Security Center's Annual Conference co-chaired by Ken Montgomery, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and Mike Brown, Rear Admiral, USN (Ret), Vice President and General Manager of RSA Global Public Sector.

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July

4 R+D Cybersecurity Grand Challenges

With the proliferation of The Cloud and the movement of Big Data to The Cloud, cybersecurity and the importance of threat sharing collaboration have been steadily gaining prominence at both the organizational and policy level over the past year. President Obama’s February 2013 Cybersecurity Executive Order, which called for policies to defend against cybersecurity threats to US companies and the government, was the most recent action placing the ACSC peer-to-peer threat sharing model in the spotlight.

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February

Developing Tomorrow's Talent Today

As part of the ACSC’s mission to mold the next generation of “cyber warriors”, the ACSC Education Working Group, a joint university-industry committee chaired by Northeastern University’s David Luzzi, has initiated discussions to address gaps in member universities’ cybersecurity programs and support the development of a model curriculum. Harvard’s Greg Morrisett and MIT’s Nickolai Zeldovich have been leading this initiative and working with ACSC members to develop the project.

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January

SoundBytes – from The Second Annual ACSC Conference

Top visionaries and experts joined over 200 conference attendees to focus on cyber security's "Grand Challenges" and share their insight to help shape the 2013 agenda for the ACSC as we move into the new year. The following quotes are excerpts from the keynotes, plenary sessions, and work groups that comprised the day-long event.

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2012

November

The ACSC welcomes the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security to the second annual conference

Industry leaders including RSA’s Tom Heiser and State Street Corporation’s Christopher Perretta will join Secretary Gregory Bialecki from the Massachusetts Office of Housing and Economic Development in welcoming Dr. Reginald Brothers from the U.S. Department of Defense and Scott Tousley from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to explore the success of the ACSC in facing cybersecurity challenges and launch the Center's research and development initiatives for 2013. Hosted at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston on November 15th, the ACSC Second Annual Working Conference welcomes over 200 experts and practitioners from security and information technology.

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