2012 News

December 1, 2012
Inside 'Plan X:' The Pentagon’s plan for cyberweapon central
New publication from the Pentagon's research arm details a foundation for cyberwarfare.

November 28, 2012 ACSC
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 28, 2012
CyberCity allows government hackers to train for attacks
“The development of a science of cybersecurity could take decades,” Fred B. Schneider, the Samuel B. Eckert professor of computer science at Cornell University and a Pentagon adviser, wrote recently in “The Next Wave,” a nonclassified publication of the National Security Agency. “The sooner we get started, the sooner we will have the basis for a principled set of solutions to the cybersecurity challenge before us.”

November 27, 2012 ACSC
Winner of ACSC’s Best Cyber Security Solution: Georg T. Becker, University of Massachusetts Amherst
The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), New England’s premier consortium of university, industry, and government leaders collaboratively facing cyber security challenges, has named Georg T. Becker of University of Massachusetts Amherst as the winner of its Best Cyber Security Solution.

November 16, 2012 ACSC
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 ACSC
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 ACSC
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 15, 2012 ACSC
$10+ Million Collaborative University-Industry Research Projects Highlight the Advanced Cyber Security Center Annual Conference
More than 250 leaders from industry, academia, and government joined Gregory Bialecki, Secretary of The Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development today to welcome Dr. Steven King from the U.S. Department of Defense and Scott Tousley from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for the Advanced Cyber Security Center Annual Conference: Organizing Public-Private Assets to Solve Grand Challenges at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

November 6, 2012
10 IT Security Tips for Small and Midsize Businesses
Security attacks often arrive unannounced, but a well-established security plan and implementation can help mitigate these often costly situations. A recent discussion I had on the IBM for Midsize Businesses group on Linkedin, however, aimed to offer midsize business leaders guidance on how to protect their business, and their data.

November 6, 2012 ACSC
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 ACSC
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.

October 29, 2012
Killing the Computer to Save It
Dr. Shrobe argues that because the industry is now in a fundamental transition from desktop to mobile systems, it is a good time to completely rethink computing. But among the biggest challenges is the monoculture of the computer “ecosystem” of desktop, servers and networks, he said.

October 23, 2012
In Cyberattack on Saudi Firm, U.S. Sees Iran Firing Back
The attack, intelligence officials say, was a wake-up call. “It proved you don’t have to be sophisticated to do a lot of damage,” said Richard A. Clarke, the former counterterrorism official at the National Security Council. “There are lots of targets in the U.S. where they could do the same thing. The attacks were intended to say: ‘If you mess with us, you can expect retaliation.’ ”

October 11, 2012
Panetta Warns of Dire Threat of Cyberattack on U.S.
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta warned Thursday that the United States was facing the possibility of a “cyber-Pearl Harbor” and was increasingly vulnerable to foreign computer hackers who could dismantle the nation’s power grid, transportation system, financial networks and government.

October 1, 2012 ACSC
National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2012
As a proud partner of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s national cybersecurity awareness Stop.Think.Connect.TM Campaign, we are happy announce the commencement of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2012.

September 28, 2012
Cyber Attacks on U.S. Banks Expose Vulnerabilities
Cyber attacks on the biggest U.S. banks, including JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPM) and Wells Fargo (WFC) & Co., have breached some of the nation’s most advanced computer defenses and exposed the vulnerability of its infrastructure, said cybersecurity specialists tracking the assaults.

September 24, 2012
Medical Device Security: A Call to Action
A CISO Says FDA Needs to Address the Risks

September 24, 2012 ACSC
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.

September 11, 2012
9/11 Haunts Debate Over Cybersecurity
More than a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the tragedy haunts Washington policymakers who are deadlocked over how to protect the country against cyberattacks.

September 7, 2012
'Elderwood' Crew, Tied to Google Aurora Attack, Targeting Defense, Energy, Finance Companies
The same team that attacked Google in the Aurora campaign in 2009 is still active and has been conducting a long-term campaign targeting defense contractors, financial services companies, energy companies, human rights organizations and government agencies using a seemingly inexhaustible supply of zero day vulnerabilities.

August 31, 2012
Six IT security firms gearing for IPOs
IT security is emerging as one of the Boston area’s commercial technology specialties, with six fast-growing security software firms in the region saying they are eyeing an initial public offering of stock in the next several years.

August 27, 2012 ACSC
Become a mentor for a local high school CyberPatriot team today!
The ACSC is helping to match local high school CyberPatriot teams with mentors who can provide technical expertise.

August 13, 2012
Cybersecurity Tops Federal IT Priorities List
Amid flat IT budgets, government tech teams are focused on establishing a solid, secure foundation, according to our annual survey.

August 13, 2012
Study: Companies remain vulnerable as ever to hackers
Despite well-publicized data­ thefts in recent years, major US companies are as vulnerable as ever to hacker attacks, and many executives say their businesses lack the resources to protect themselves, according to a report from the Waltham-based computer security company CounterTack Inc.

August 11, 2012
Congress' Profound Failure on Cybersecurity
On August 2, 2012 Congress did it again. They acknowledged the looming threat of cyberwarfare while discussing the Cybersecurity Act of 2012, and then they "kicked the can down the road."

August 10, 2012
Dept. of Energy wants electric utilities to create "cybersecurity governance board"
DoE asks utilities for sensitive cybersecurity data, promises to share it anonymously with other utilities

August 7, 2012
How Cyber Security Could Be a Winning Issue for Obama
A blackout in Manhattan. A major dam failure. Mayhem at a chemical plant. Those are all potential, and entirely plausible, consequences of a cyber attack, according to a range of current and former national security officials, including the top American commander in charge of cyber security.