2013 News

November 14, 2013 ACSC
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 ACSC
Cybersecurity threat sharing faces challenges, warns MITRE's security officer
Firms trying to share information about the wrong things--vulnerabilities and compromises

November 13, 2013 ACSC
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 3, 2013
With Cyber Aces, Massachusetts hopes to turn hackers into crime fighters
A bad guy turned good is a valuable asset, and Governor Deval Patrick is looking for people like Red to help nab cyber criminals — except he’s hoping they’ll skip the years of real lawbreaking and just practice hacking legally through the Governor’s Cyber Aces Championship.

September 30, 2013
Worry About Cyberattacks Increases, Survey Says
94 percent of small-business owners were worried about cybersecurity and nearly half reported their businesses were victims of cyberattacks

September 27, 2013 ACSC
Cyberattacks on the rise in higher education
Foreign governments and organized crime targeting institutions’ most sensitive information.

September 25, 2013
Cyber attacks to escalate over next decade
Medical implants, cars and critical infrastructure such as gas pipelines could be at risk from cyber attacks by the end of the decade.

September 12, 2013 ACSC
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

September 5, 2013
N.S.A. Able to Foil Basic Safeguards of Privacy on Web
The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.

September 2, 2013
Syrian Electronic Army Hacks Marines Website
A collection of pro-Syrian government hackers apparently defaced a Marine Corps recruitment website Monday.

August 22, 2013 ACSC
Advanced Cyber Security Center Names New Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), a non-profit consortium bringing together industry, university, and government partners to address the most advanced cyber threats, has concluded a comprehensive, six-month search by selecting Charlie Benway as the ACSC’s new executive director effective immediately.

August 21, 2013 ACSC
Courion Joins Advanced Cyber Security Center to Help Companies Prevent Sophisticated Cyber Security Attacks
Collaborates with experts from healthcare, energy, defense and financial services to develop next-generation defenses by augmenting security solutions with intelligent IAM

August 14, 2013 ACSC
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.

August 2, 2013
Chinese Hacking Team Caught Taking Over Decoy Water Plant
A hacking group accused of being operated by the Chinese army now seems to be going after industrial control systems.

July 31, 2013
DDoS attacks getting bigger but shorter in duration
Hacktivist group Izz ad-Dim al-Qassam Cyber Fighters's strategy said to be driving up raw number of attacks and depressing their duration

July 25, 2013
Russian hackers charged in 'biggest' data breach case, 160mn credit card numbers stolen
A US court has charged four Russians and a Ukrainian for stealing more than 160 million credit card numbers, which the prosecution says has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses for major corporations worldwide.

July 22, 2013
Study Lowers Loss Estimates from Cyberespionage
The cost of cyberespionage and cybercrime to the U.S. may reach $100 billion a year, according to a study to be released Monday, casting doubt on earlier estimates that the costs were as much as 10 times higher.

July 16, 2013
Universities Face a Rising Barrage of Cyberattacks
America’s research universities, among the most open and robust centers of information exchange in the world, are increasingly coming under cyberattack, most of it thought to be from China, with millions of hacking attempts weekly.

June 20, 2013 ACSC
ACSC Member Survey: Actionable Intelligence Increases
The ACSC Q2 Threat Sharing Survey demonstrates the positive impact of participation in the ACSC.

June 13, 2013
Potential Cyberattacks on Implanted Medical Devices Draw Attention
Worries over medical-device cybersecurity have largely focused on plugged-in equipment primarily used in hospitals, such as computed tomography scanners and heart monitors that are vulnerable to viruses traveling across medical networks.

June 7, 2013
Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother'?
With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.

May 29, 2013 ACSC
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.

May 10, 2013
Cybersecurity: Government Regulations Can’t Keep Up
For the first time since 2005, the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has revised the federal cybersecurity standards.

May 7, 2013
Banks Say Fed Should Lead in CyberSecurity for Industry
U.S. banks urged the Federal Reserve to take the lead in defending the financial services industry from cyber attacks by working with federal counterterrorism, intelligence and law enforcement agencies, documents show.

April 27, 2013
White House eases stance on corporate cybersecurity
The White House has backed away from its push for mandatory cyber­security standards in favor of an approach that would combine voluntary measures with incentives for companies to comply with them.

April 18, 2013
Congress still at cyber odds after CISPA passage
Chinese cyberspies are stealing businesses’ trade secrets. Iranian hackers are targeting U.S. banks. And the federal government is grappling with cyber espionage almost daily — even as it’s spending more than ever to stop it.

April 11, 2013
Obama Boosts Pentagon Cyber Budget Amid Rising Attacks
The Obama administration plans to boost U.S. spending on computer network security, including a 21 percent increase at the Pentagon, after reports of rising cyber attacks and electronic theft of secrets linked to China.

March 12, 2013
The Companies and Countries Losing Their Data
With China hacking the US, the US hacking China, and LinkedIn and Facebook and credit card companies and Google and who knows who else all vomiting our data all over the web, I was intrigued when a new report on data loss ran across my desk from auditing firm KPMG.

March 8, 2013
How Many Cyberattacks Hit the United States Last Year?
Thanks to the warnings of senior lawmakers and Obama admiistration officials, Americans are growing more aware of online vulnerabilities that could lead to a “cyber Pearl Harbor” attack.

March 6, 2013 ACSC
Hot security skills of 2013
David Luzzi, executive director of Northeastern University's Strategic Security Initiative, adds logical reasoning and the ability to inspect ideas as important skills to build on the foundation of excellent verbal and written communication skills.

February 25, 2013
You Call This an Army? The Terrifying Shortage of U.S. Cyberwarriors.
When the Soviet Union launched the first satellite in 1957, it set off an intellectual arms race that led to more than $1 billion of federal investment in science education. Within a decade, Americans were sending their own expeditions to outer space.

February 20, 2013
The Art of Cyberwar
If Beijing was going to threaten the United States with a cyberattack, how would it do it?

February 20, 2013
Chinese cyberspies have hacked most Washington institutions, experts say
Start asking security experts which powerful Washington institutions have been penetrated by Chinese cyberspies, and this is the usual answer: almost all of them.

February 15, 2013 ACSC
Internship Information Sessions
Help us Develop Tomorrow's Cyber Security Experts

February 6, 2013
NIST Updating Security Controls
Final Draft Issued of Revisions to Special Publication 800-53

January 30, 2013
Hackers in China Attacked The Times for Last 4 Months
Chinese hackers infiltrated The New York Times’s computer systems, getting passwords for its reporters and others.

January 24, 2013 ACSC
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.

January 9, 2013
Security Skills Shortage Places IT at Risk
Experts Assess Impact of Open Positions

January 3, 2013 ACSC
White House staff calls ACSC the "most impressive" model
Pat Falcone, Associate Director, National Security & International Affairs Division at the White House OSTP singled out the ACSC as the "most impressive" and one of the best models she has seen for bringing together regional entities around the topic of cyber security.

January 2, 2013 ACSC
ACSC Research and Development year-end announcement
The ACSC is pleased to announce the submission of the proposal entitled, Cybersecurity Risk Analysis based on Financial Engineering and Big-Data Analytics (CRAFA), led by the University of Massachusetts Amherst, represented by PIs Wayne Burleson, Anna Nagurney, Mila Getmansky, Senay Solak, Yanlei Diao, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, represented by PI Andrew Lo.