The New England-based ACSC advances member cyber defense strategies through regional, national and global practice-sharing networks of industry leaders and provides professional opportunities for rising talent.
William Guenther is the ACSC's Executive Chairman and is Founder and CEO of Mass Insight Global Partnerships, a Boston-based consulting and research firm that creates competitive advantage through policy and partnerships of industry, universities and government. The firm’s focus on opportunities for pre-competitive, large scale technology R+D centers and collaborations shaped its Massachusetts Technology Road Map completed with Battelle in 2004 and the IT, Communications and Defense (ITCD) sector study produced with McKinsey & Co. in 2008. The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) grew out of recommendations by an Advisory Committee for the Mass Insight/McKinsey IT sector study. Bill leads the ACSC, and Mass Insight provides ongoing publication and research support. Bill is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University Law School.
President and CISO Chair
John McKenna is the President and CISO Chair of the Advanced Cyber Security Center. He has served as a member of our Board of Directors since 2017. He is also President of RoundTable Security and retired as Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer for Liberty Mutual Insurance in 2018. While there, he had enterprise-wide responsibility for Liberty Mutual’s global information security strategies and programs. John joined Liberty Mutual in 1979. His career in Information Technology has included assignments as a software developer, data base analyst, program manager of enterprise data strategies and strategic development initiatives, Market CIO, and VP of IT Strategy and Planning. John holds a B.S. degree from the University of New Hampshire.
Chief Operating Officer
Jim Dinneen is the Chief Operating Officer for the Advanced Cyber Security Center, building a trusted network in New England to improve cybersecurity through collaborative defense. Previously he was the Director of Industry Partnerships at the Northeastern University Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute, where he worked with companies, research institutions, laboratories, and government agencies to build relationships and develop a better understanding of evolving cyber challenges. Prior to his role at Northeastern, Jim served as the Chief of Staff for the Private Sector Office at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He also served as Acting Assistant Secretary for the Private Sector, advising the Secretary of Homeland Security on business perspectives and capabilities on topics including cybersecurity, transportation security, and trade security. Jim served as the Director of Boards and Commissions in Presidential Personnel at the White House, and he served as the Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Jim has also held roles as the Deputy Executive Director of Priorities USA and as New England Deputy Finance Director for Obama for America. He received his B.A. from Hamilton College and M.S. in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance from Boston College.
Board of Directors
The advisory board is a group of business, academic, and public sector leaders who share a commitment to the ACSC’s mission, and provide ongoing advice, counsel, and support for that mission.
Hathaway Global Strategies
Mass IT Sector Study, MITRE propose a regional cybersecurity collaborative
Organized by Mass Insight Global Partnerships, industry CIOs, CISOs, and academic leaders convene to develop a platform for Collaborative Defense.
Cyber Tuesday begins the practice of Collaborative Defense threat-sharing
After two years of workshops led by Mass Insight, key founding members convene bi-weekly to share tactical threat information at MITRE and the Boston Federal Reserve Bank.
Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) is launched as a 501(c)(3) with a Participation Agreement
Counsels from a dozen cross-sector organizations, with support from Foley Hoag, negotiate a Participation Agreement with NDA to facilitate sensitive threat and practice sharing; the new entity is transferred to a nonprofit; Board of Directors appointed, chaired by Mass Insight.
White House Issues Executive Order 13691
ACSC serves as the model for the new regional Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAO); the White House directs DHS to collaborate with ISAOs.
ACSC conducts 1st annual Collaborative Defense table top simulation in partnership with DHS
Public and private sector members engage in cloud service provider attack simulation to understand the value of cross-organization incident response collaborations.
ACSC publishes first two Collaborative Defense Research reports
A joint Mass Insight-McKinsey field research report identifying key elements of mature cybersecurity organizations and the first Mass Insight field research report for ACSC on the CISO perspectives on corporate board cyber risk governance maturity.
ACSC re-organized under new leadership
The Board confirms William Guenther, Executive Chair; John McKenna, CISO Chair; Jim Dinneen, COO to replace the former ED leadership.
ACSC-SimSpace Cyber Range Partnership launched
A program to develop hands-on incident response and threat hunting skills, individually and for defender teams through cyber range exercises with U.S. Cyber Command’s range partner.
ACSC launches the Research Partner program to bring innovative start ups to members as thought leaders on emerging technologies and tools
Nominated by members and VC partners, a selected group of Research Partners participate in a series of briefings and discussions under the NDA to provide an efficient way for members to analyze market developments and start-up opportunities.
Get to Know Us
Launched in 2011 and led by member Chief Information Security Officers, the nonprofit Advanced Cyber Security Center is New England’s public-private cybersecurity leadership collaborative committed to strengthening member cyber defenses and preparing the region to respond to large scale cyber threats as national leaders in “Collaborative Defense.” The ACSC uniquely brings together leading private sector firms, universities, defense nonprofits, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and is a regional partner with the Department of Homeland Security.
Covered by a robust non-disclosure agreement, trusted networks of member CISOs and their staff, legal counsels and risk officers share and benchmark effective cyber management strategies and board governance roles, engage in cyber range exercises and with communications staff, in joint annual tabletop simulations.
The ACSC is a 501(c)3 organization and was the model for Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) when Presidential Executive Order 13691 was implemented in 2015. Currently, the ACSC has 21 members representing the financial services, healthcare, technology, and industrial sectors, along with founding members MITRE Corporation and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Harvard and Northeastern Universities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.