About Us

The Advanced Cyber Security Center is the region's only non-profit, member-driven organization committed to strengthening member cybersecurity defenses and preparing the region's response to large scale cyber threats. By bringing together the private and public sectors the ACSC is uniquely positioned to ensure our members and the region are national leaders in "Collaborative Defense."  

Championed by our member CISOs, the ACSC has made incident planning and response and the use of simulations to build capacity and stress test organizations a central focus of its mission. In 2019, the ACSC launched parallel legal counsel and communications executive networks through the CISOs, which participated in cross-functional teams for our annual regional tabletop simulation held with DHS and the Commonwealth of MA in late September.  

Our members represent some of the most cyber mature organizations in Massachusetts across sectors including State Street, Dell Technologies, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, as well as institutions of higher education like the University of Massachusetts and Harvard University and research organizations like MIT Lincoln Laboratory and MITRE. The Commonwealth is a charter member, and institutionalizing public-private links with state and federal officials is a core ongoing focus.  

The ACSC was established in 2012, as 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 23 members representing the financial services, healthcare, technology and engineering industries, along with leading universities and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.