ACSC In The News

2015
 

May 5, 2015
Network World
Valuable Federal Cybersecurity Training for Critical Infrastructure Organizations
One way we can move forward in Massachusetts is in partnership with the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a four-year-old industry, higher education and government consortium that seeks to ensure that Massachusetts has the research and educational strengths it needs to be a global cybersecurity leader.

March 26, 2015
The Herald News
Guest Opinion: UMass is a line of defense from cyber-attacks
One way we can move forward in Massachusetts is in partnership with the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a four-year-old industry, higher education and government consortium that seeks to ensure that Massachusetts has the research and educational strengths it needs to be a global cybersecurity leader.

March 25, 2015
The Christian Science Monitor

The race to build the Silicon Valley of cybersecurity
“We certainly think we have the resources and capabilities to be one of those centers of gravity [in cybersecurity],” Benway says. “We think we are one of the centers of gravity. We do have the right mix of assets and resources to be a national leader in cybersecurity.”

March 12, 2015
Digital Guardian
Sell By Date: Research Finds Stolen Data is a Perishable Commodity
Nagourney’s research was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC). Her findings were first presented in September 2014 at a Workshop on Cybersecurity Risk Analysis for Enterprises, held at the Sloan School at MIT.

March 12, 2015
Boston Herald
Charlie Baker cites increase in cyber attacks in Mass.
The number of professionals in the field in Massachusetts is not enough to meet the demand, said Charlie Benway, executive director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a Bedford nonprofit consortium Mass Insight established in 2011.

March 12, 2015
The Salem News

Security expert: Sharing is caring in fending off cyber attacks
Mick Costa, who works in cyber security for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, also works with a nonprofit consortium called the Advanced Cyber Security Center of Massachusetts, an outfit that educates businesses and organizations about cyber attacks. Costa spoke to North Shore business leaders Thursday at the North Shore Chamber of Commerce’s business expo, which featured 100 exhibitors at the DoubleTree by Hilton Boston North Shore.

March 9, 2015
Network World
Shortage of security pros worsens
“The size and scope of the problem has grown dramatically as the threat has increased and as we've seen more high-profile breaches,” says Charlie Benway, executive director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC).

February 17, 2015
Foley Hoag
Security, Privacy and the Law Update on President Obama’s “Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection,” Part II: The Executive Order
The success of information sharing as a cybersecurity tool will hinge on the breadth and depth of industry participation... But the more fundamental issue is likely to be continued uncertainty over legal liability arising from turning over consumer data to the government. However, these issues can be overcome, as the experience of one of the first and leading data-sharing organizations, the Advanced Cyber Security Center, has shown.

February 11, 2015
University of Delaware
VIDEO: Security expert Michael Chertoff discusses cybersecurity challenges, solutions
In his talk, Chertoff names the ACSC a model consortium bringing together university, industry, and government organizations to focus on cyber threats. He goes on to highlight the consortium's work around sharing cyber threat information, engaging in next-generation cybersecurity research and development, and promoting public policies that will advance security.

January 30, 2015
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
PRESS RELEASE: Cyber Security and Financial Stability
Founding member of the ACSC and President & CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Eric S. Rosengren discusses Cyber Security and Financial Stability in Cape Town, South Africa on January 30, 2015.

January 26, 2015
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts’ profile as an innovator could reach new levels
Cybersecurity is another natural opportunity for a research center of excellence. Already a nonprofit consortium, the Advanced Cyber Security Center, has been launched, situated in Bedford, bringing together experts from industry, universities, and government to address cybersecurity threats. In robotics, Massachusetts has a fast-growing cluster, including some of the leading companies in the world.

January 21, 2015
WIRED
Obama’s Former Privacy Director Decries America’s Data Security
While legislation can offer liability protection, the need for such protection as an incentive for sharing has been exaggerated. Companies can and do already share confidential threat information under the protection of nondisclosure agreements. The Advanced Cyber Security Center, based in Boston, is one such sharing arrangement. It includes companies like Pfizer, State Street, and RSA/EMC Corporation along with with the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

January 5, 2015
Network World
What Should the 114th Congress Do About Cybersecurity in 2015?
Rather than throw cybersecurity education funding at Congressional districts, we need to invest strategically in centers of excellence like the Massachusetts-based Advanced Cybersecurity Center which brings together private sector, public sector, and leading academic institutions.

2014
 

December 19, 2014
Boston Business Journal
ViewPoint: The latest cybersecurity threat
Charlie Benway, Executive Director, Advanced Cyber Security Center Op-Ed

December 16, 2014
Network World

New England security group shares threat intelligence, strives to bolster region as cybersecurity mecca
The Advanced Cyber Security Center is a three year old organization with a bold mission to “bring together industry, university, and government organizations to address the most advanced cyber threats” and drive cybersecurity R&D in the New England region. Network World editor in Chief John Dix attended their most recent meeting in Boston and later tracked down ACSC Executive Director Charlie Benway and ACSC Board Chair William Guenther (CEO and Founder of Mass Insight) for a deep dive on the organization’s goals.

December 11, 2014
Enterprise Network Planet
Michael Chertoff Examines the Anatomy of Cybersecurity
Technology conferences come and go, but the annual conference of the Advanced Cyber Security Center last month was notable for its show-stopping keynote, delivered by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.

December 10, 2014
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
PRESS RELEASE: Hanscom Air Force Base Partners With The Military Task Force To Create The Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center
In addition to the infrastructure upgrades, the HCIC also will immediately serve as a site for the Advanced Cyber Security Center to collaborate with the military to explore cyber threats, engage in next-generation cybersecurity research and development, create education programs that will address the shortfall in cyber talent, and advance public policies that will enhance security.

December 4, 2014
Enterprise Network Planet

Collaboration is Key to Cybersecurity
The annual conference of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) emphasized that message right from the get-go. Delivering the opening address at the conference, Ken Montgomery, First Vice President and COO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, explained that in addition to the roles of regulator and service provider, the Federal Reserve prides itself on a third role: that of "a convener and a collaborator…on security standards[.]"

November 14, 2014
ACSC

PRESS RELEASE: ACSC Announces Winners of Cybersecurity Student Competition
National Cybersecurity Experts Vote to Select Cybersecurity’s “Next Big Thing”

November 14, 2014
TechTarget
Cyberattackers breach USPS security, but what were they after?
According to a panel of experts at the recent Advanced Cyber Security Center Conference in Boston, instead of trying to predict if and when you'll get hit and what form that cyberattack is likely to take, plan for left of boom.

November 11, 2014
Digital Guardian

Left of Boom: The Importance of Protecting Critical Data
Just this week I attended a conference here in Boston hosted by the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC). The event, titled “Left of Boom” was focused on the concept of cyber preparedness: taking steps and introducing new technologies and processes that – while they might not prevent online attacks, will make organizations more resilient when they are attacked.

November 11, 2014
ebizQ

Experts: Cyber Risk Management Requires Enterprise-Wide Governance
Online media outlet TechTarget recently visited the 2014 Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) conference right in our hometown of Boston, MA.

November 10, 2014
TechTarget

Experts: Cyber risk management requires teamwork, preparation
At the 2014 Advanced Cyber Security Center conference, industry experts touted the increasing importance of information sharing and incident preparation, yet also admitted both are easier said than done.

November 6, 2014
FierceITSecurity

Enterprises need to manage cyber risk, not try to eliminate it, advises Chertoff
"If your focus is prevention, prevention, prevention, that approach will be doomed to failure…It's about managing risk," Chertoff tells an audience at the annual conference of the Advanced Cyber Security Center in Boston.

November 6, 2014
FierceITSecurity

Firms need to tap into 'giant untapped herd' of white hat hackers
"Left of boom" is the theme of the annual conference of the Advanced Cyber Security Center being held in Boston that began on Wednesday, November 5. Left of boom is a military term referring to actions needed before a bomb explodes in order to prevent the explosion.

November 6, 2014
Threatpost
Chertoff Reminds Enterprises There is Hope in Security
Former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff gave enterprises a pep talk Wednesday during his keynote address at the Advanced Cyber Security Center’s annual conference.

November 6, 2014
The Security Ledger

Supply Chain Risk Escapes Notice At Many Firms
The panel, “Fortifying the Supply Chain,” was part of a day long event at The Federal Reserve in Boston and sponsored by the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a technology industry consortium.

November 6, 2014
Boston Herald
Schools, industry plan security consortium for cybersecurity
Mass Insight and the 3-year-old nonprofit Advanced Cyber Security Center plan a formal launch of the consortium next year. They so far have letters of support from the Univer­sity of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, State Street Corp., the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, .406 Ventures and the city of Boston.

November 5, 2014
CSO
Chertoff: Cybersecurity takes teamwork
Cyber security, to be successful, has to be a “team sport,” former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told attendees of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Tuesday morning.

November 5, 2014
The Boston Globe
Former Homeland Security chief warns of cyber threat
The conference was sponsored by Advanced Cyber Security Center, a Boston-based group of business representatives, government officials, and academics who share information and research about online threats.

November 5, 2014
Threatpost

Be Ready: Next Internet Bug Won’t Be The Last
Today at the Advanced Cyber Security Center annual conference here, experts well versed in enterprise security policy making and enforcement tackled the topic of preparedness for the unknown, or Left-of-Boom.

Be Ready: Next Internet Bug Won’t Be The Last
Be Ready: Next Internet Bug Won’t Be The Last

November 3, 2014
Cloud Computing Magazine

PRESS RELEASE: Veracode to Speak at Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) Conference
Veracode, a leader in protecting modern enterprises from today's pervasive web and mobile application threats, today announced that Chris Wysopal, Veracode's co-founder, CTO and CISO will be a panelist for the segment 'Securing Mobile and BYOD' at the annual ACSC Conference, 'Left of Boom: How and Where to Invest Across the Kill Chain' on Wednesday, November 5th.

October 31, 2014
ACSC

PRESS RELEASE: Left of Boom: How and Where to Invest Across the Kill Chain
Press Release: ACSC welcomes Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group for keynote at the ACSC Annual Conference on November 5, 2014 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

September 23, 2014
UMass Amherst
Faculty Coordinate MIT Workshop on Cybersecurity Risk Analysis for Enterprises
Anna Nagurney and Senay Solak from the operations and information management department, Mila Getmansky Sherman of the finance department, and Wayne Burleson from electrical and computer engineering, supported the conference with proceeds from a $40,000 grant from the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a nonprofit consortium based in Bedford.

September 20, 2014
UMass Amherst
BLOG: Cybersecurity Risk Analysis for Enterprise Risk Security
The event was sponsored through a grant that we received from the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC): Professors Wayne Burleson of the College of Engineering, Mila Sherman of the Finance Department, and Senay Solak, and I of the Department of Operations and Information Management at UMass Amherst.

August 20, 2014
ACSC and WCX

PRESS RELEASE: 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.

June 18, 2014
Digital Journal

Confer and The MITRE Corporation Join Forces to Accelerate Threat Sharing and Operationalize Threat Intelligence
CRITs has already established itself as a key tool in active defense. The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC)—a non-profit consortium, comprised of 27 New England area industry, university, and government organizations, established to address the most advanced cyber threats—leverages CRITs to share threat intelligence among its members.

May 30, 2014
Hanscom Air Force Base
Leading cyber minds converge at Hanscom
Organized by the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) and hosted by leaders at Hanscom, the event fostered vigorous discussion about the most efficient and secure ways to store and protect critical data and systems.

May 29, 2014
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
GOVERNOR PATRICK PARTICIPATES IN CYBER SECURITY PANEL TO DISCUSS SECURITY INITIATIVES IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Massachusetts Army National Guard, the Information Technology Division and the University of Massachusetts are members of the Advanced Cyber Security Center. The center is a nonprofit consortium that brings together industry, university and government partners to address the most advanced cyber threats.

April 25, 2014
Congressman Derek Kilmer
PRESS RELEASE: Kilmer, Tsongas bill will increase military cyber security
“As cloud technology matures, its use by Federal agencies, including intelligence agencies, and the private sector will clearly continue to grow," said Charlie Benway, Executive Director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center located in Boston, MA.

April 10, 2014
The White House Blog

Getting Serious about Information Sharing for Cybersecurity
Non-profit information sharing organizations such as Boston’s Advanced Cybersecurity Center, the Bay Area Security Council, and ChicagoFirst have shown value in building smaller trust networks across sectors in metropolitan areas. And many for-profit information sharing organizations are also stepping into the game.

March 18, 2014
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS $177 MILLION MILITARY BOND BILL
“Massachusetts is home to leading technology resources across government, industry and academia that directly contribute to our nation's strengths, particularly in securing our nation against cyber threats,” said Charlie Benway, Executive Director of the Advanced Cyber Security Center.

2013

 

November 14, 2013
SearchSecurity
Experts propose better cybersecurity information-sharing models
Better cybersecurity information sharing has long been a priority for the security industry, but significant hurdles have always halted the progress of sharing initiatives. At the annual ACSC conference, security leaders from government, education and private industry made another attempt at cracking the info-sharing chestnut.

November 13, 2013
FierceITSecurity
Cybersecurity threat sharing faces challenges, warns MITRE's security officer
There a number of key areas where cybersecurity threat sharing is not working, Gary Gagnon, chief security officer for The MITRE Corp., told an audience at the Advanced Cyber Security Center's annual conference held Tuesday at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

November 13, 2013
Threatpost
Defenders Still Chasing Adequate Threat Intelligence Sharing
Caulfield was speaking about the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) which hosted its annual conference at the Fed here Tuesday. The ACSC is a cross-sector group of more than 30 public and private sector security officers who meet monthly to facilitate information sharing.

October 21, 2013
SC Magazine
Shining A "Spotlight" On: Insider Threats
According to Jim Terwilliger, technical manager of cyber defense planning for Federal Reserve National IT Services, and an affiliate of the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a New England-based nonprofit that addresses advanced threats, most inside risk is of the unintentional variety. And that means training needs to be part of the solution.

September 27, 2013
University Business

Cyberattacks on the rise in higher education
Some of the cutting-edge defenses against cyberattacks are being developed by research universities. This research is also a target of cyberthieves and is getting special protections, explains David Luzzi, executive director of the Strategic Security Initiative at Northeastern’s Advanced Cyber Security Center.

September 12, 2013
Network World
Hack victims urged to share the gory details
Advanced Cyber Security Center fosters voluntary information sharing among private organizations as a way of staying ahead of the bad guys

August 14, 2013
Boston Herald
Cyber attack danger grows
EARLY WARNING: James Caufield of the Advanced Cyber Security Center in Boston speaks at the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers’ annual conference at the World Trade Center yesterday.

May 29, 2013
The Christian Science Monitor
How Obama should work with business to combat China cyberspying
The US Department of Homeland Security needs to use its authority to incentivize and enable the creation of trusted federations of companies, like the Advanced Cyber Security Center in Massachusetts, that share cyberthreat information and best practices for cyberprotection.

January 24, 2013
The Colorado Springs Business Journal
WCX bringing cyber security experts to Springs Jan. 30
At the quarterly update and dinner, WCX will provide a progress report on its efforts to collaborate with the Advanced Cyber Security Center in Boston. The two organizations have teamed up to increase local and national resilience to threats from cyber attacks.

2012
 

November 28, 2012
Boston Business Journal
UMass student wins security competition
The Advanced Cyber Security Center — a New England consortium of university, industry, and government leaders focused on meeting cyber security challenges — this month named University of Massachusetts Amherst PhD student Georg T. Becker of as the winner of its "Best Cyber Security Solution" competition.

November 16, 2012
Mass High Tech
ACSC launches regional agenda to attack cyber threats
Hundreds of thought leaders from government, academia and the tech industry joined together at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to discuss the new agenda of the Advanced Cyber Security Center.

November 15, 2012
SearchSecurity
Government, industry leaders share cybersecurity funding priorities
Organizations need to move from a static, perimeter-based approach to a more analytical-based defense strategy, according to experts at the second annual Advanced Cyber Security Center Conference.

November 15, 2012
Threatpost
Adequate Attack Data and Threat Information Sharing No Longer a Luxury
While some industry groups such as the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) and cross-industry groups such as the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) facilitate the exchange of threat information, for the most part organizations are still hamstrung by legal constraints and other business factors that prevent an adequate flow of actionable information.

November 6, 2012
ZDNet

Liberty Mutual Insurance melds regulatory compliance and security awareness
John McKenna of Liberty Mutual speaking about the benefits of collaborating with industry and university members within the ACSC.

October 31, 2012
The MITRE Digest
Advanced Cyber Security Center Helps Level the Cyber Playing Field
From its offices at MITRE in Bedford, Mass., the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) is developing innovative ways to identify, analyze, and respond to cyber threats.

September 24, 2012
WGBH
30 Issues: Why You Should Care About ... Cybersecurity
The ACSC is somewhat unique. It's been forming for 3 years, and it brings together security experts from area nonprofits, universities and financial services companies — places like Fidelity, John Hancock and State Street Bank.