We are pleased to announce Jim Dinneen has joined the Advanced Cyber Security Center as Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, Jim was the Director of Industry Partnerships for Northeastern University’s Cybersecurity and Privacy Institute. with deep experience from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Commerce where he served during the creation of the NIST Framework and the Internet Policy Task Force, an interagency effort run by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Before joining DHS, Jim was the Director of Boards and Commissions for Presidential Personnel at the Obama White House, and Special Assistant to U.S. Department of Commerce General Counsel Cam Kerry. He is a graduate of Hamilton College and a candidate for a Master’s Degree in Cybersecurity Policy and Governance at Boston College, a proud Massachusetts native who lives in Duxbury with his wife and two small children.  

In addition, William Guenther, will formally take on the overall responsibilities he has had since August for the ACSC’s next phase of growth, as Executive Chairman, a role he reprises from 2008-2011, when the concept and pilot for the ACSC was developed with The MITRE Corporation and charter members, launching the organization out of Mass Insight Global Partnerships into the nonprofit Advanced Cyber Security Center. John McKenna, who stepped in as interim Executive Director in August, will stay on in a part-time leadership role as President and CISO Chair. John will lead the CISO Steering Committee and Cyber Tuesday/CISO Deputy networks. John retired last year as SVP and CISO at Liberty Mutual after a nearly 40-year successful career in IT at the firm and was one of ACSC’s most important and earliest executive partners. These chair roles will be in addition to their board responsibilities.

This ACSC leadership team is committed to expanding our trusted member networks and delivering a unique Collaborative Defense program that is shaped by the members and focused on incident planning and response, simulations and exercises. We are pleased to have brought together three individuals with truly complementary skills and cybersecurity experience from industry, university, government and the nonprofit sector to support our members and the region through the ACSC, raising organizational capacity to respond to the most serious cyber attacks.