2014 News

December 22, 2014
‘Interview’ attack may signal new cyberwar
In a tweet, former US House speaker Newt Gingrich said, “With the Sony collapse America has lost its first cyberwar.”

December 19, 2014 ACSC
ViewPoint: The latest cybersecurity threat
This notion, that "threat actors' are already in, is a paradigm shift in the way sophisticated enterprises approach cybersecurity. To echo this point, this month, the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) welcomed Michael Chertoff, former secretary of The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group to keynote our annual meeting.

December 16, 2014 ACSC
New England security group shares threat intelligence, strives to bolster region as cybersecurity mecca
The Advanced Cyber Security Center is a three year old organization with a bold mission to “bring together industry, university, and government organizations to address the most advanced cyber threats” and drive cybersecurity R&D in the New England region.

December 10, 2014 ACSC
Hanscom Air Force Base Partners With The Military Task Force To Create The Hanscom Collaboration and Innovation Center
New center located at Hanscom Air Force Base to enhance partnerships around cyber security, public safety, and information technology

December 2, 2014
Obama’s pick to lead the Pentagon is big on cybersecurity
President Obama's pick to lead the Pentagon, former deputy secretary of defense Ashton "Ash" Carter, has been a big supporter of increasing the country's cybersecurity capabilities.

November 24, 2014 ACSC
Press Release: ACSC Announces Winners of Cybersecurity Student Competition
National Cybersecurity Experts Vote to Select Cybersecurity’s “Next Big Thing”

November 12, 2014
Americans Say They Want Privacy, but Act as if They Don’t
Americans say they are deeply concerned about privacy on the web and their cellphones. They say they do not trust Internet companies or the government to protect it. Yet they keep using the services and handing over their personal information.

November 10, 2014
Federal government struggles against cyberattacks
A $10-billion-a-year effort to protect sensitive government data, from military secrets to Social Security numbers, is struggling to keep pace with an increasing number of cyberattacks and is unwittingly being undermined by federal employees and contractors.

November 7, 2014
Expert: Home Depot email hack may lead to ID thefts
Two months after it revealed that 56 million of its customers’ debit and credit cards had been compromised, Home Depot yesterday disclosed that hackers also stole 53 million email addresses — information that, coupled with customers’ financial data, could be used to hack their family and friends, as well as banks, businesses and government agencies, one expert said

November 6, 2014 ACSC
Schools, industry plan security consortium for cybersecurity
Mass Insight and the 3-year-old nonprofit Advanced Cyber Security Center plan a formal launch of the consortium next year. They so far have letters of support from the Univer­sity of Massachusetts, Northeastern University, MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, State Street Corp., the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, .406 Ventures and the city of Boston.

November 5, 2014 ACSC
Chertoff: Cybersecurity takes teamwork
Cyber security, to be successful, has to be a “team sport,” former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff told attendees of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) Conference at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Tuesday morning.

November 5, 2014 ACSC
Former Homeland Security chief warns of cyber threat
The conference was sponsored by Advanced Cyber Security Center, a Boston-based group of business representatives, government officials, and academics who share information and research about online threats.

October 31, 2014 ACSC
Press Release: Left of Boom: How and Where to Invest Across the Kill Chain
Press Release: ACSC welcomes Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Executive Chairman of The Chertoff Group for keynote at the ACSC Annual Conference on November 5, 2014 at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

October 17, 2014
Ponemon research: Cost of a breach rising, U.S. hit hardest
News roundup: New research shows a dramatic increase in the cost of cybercrime and data breach remediation. Plus: Security as a service popularity surges, Snowden journalist touts the importance of free security software, and more.

October 2, 2014
Cyberattack Against JPMorgan Chase Affects 76 Million Households
A cyberattack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, a tally that dwarfs previous estimates by the bank and puts the intrusion among the largest ever

September 24, 2014
Remote exploit vulnerability in bash CVE-2014-6271
A remotely exploitable vulnerability has been discovered by Stephane Chazelas in bash on Linux and it is unpleasant. The vulnerability has the CVE identifier CVE-2014-6271 and has been given the name Shellshock by some. This affects Debian as well as other Linux distributions. You will need to patch ASAP.

September 23, 2014 ACSC
Faculty Coordinate MIT Workshop on Cybersecurity Risk Analysis for Enterprises
Anna Nagurney and Senay Solak from the operations and information management department, Mila Getmansky Sherman of the finance department, and Wayne Burleson from electrical and computer engineering, supported the conference with proceeds from a $40,000 grant from the Advanced Cyber Security Center, a nonprofit consortium based in Bedford.

September 20, 2014 ACSC
Cybersecurity Risk Analysis for Enterprise Risk Security
The event was sponsored through a grant that we received from the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC): Professors Wayne Burleson of the College of Engineering, Mila Sherman of the Finance Department, and Senay Solak, and I of the Department of Operations and Information Management at UMass Amherst.

September 19, 2014
Home Depot: Breach cost $62M, exposed 56M cards
The Home Depot Inc.’s Sept. 2 data breach will cost the company $62 million and is estimated to have put information at risk for 56 million payment debt/credit cards.

September 19, 2014
Cyber Alliances: Collective Defense Becomes Central To Securing Networks, Data
When the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — NATO — wrapped up its summit in Wales earlier this month, the member-states issued a lengthy communique expressing solidarity on major defense challenges. One of the challenges mentioned was cybersecurity. The alliance stated that “cyber defence is part of NATO’s core task of collective defence,” presenting concerns so severe that they might lead to invocation of Article Five of the North Atlantic Treaty — the article calling on all members to come to the defense of a threatened nation.

September 18, 2014
Gartner: 75 percent of mobile apps will fail security tests through end of 2015
The bulk of mobile applications (75 percent) will fail basic security tests over the next 15 months or so – through the end of 2015 – leaving businesses vulnerable to attack and violations of their security policies, according to a report from Gartner.

September 11, 2014
Local cybersecurity startups grow into IPO contenders
Burlington-based Veracode on Thursday announced $40 million in new funding to fuel further growth, one of the largest rounds of venture capital funding secured by a Boston-area tech company in 2014.

September 7, 2014
Job market red hot for those with the right skills
The information technology sector has boomed for a number of years now, creating a shortage of workers with degrees and experience in the computer sciences. From startups to established tech firms, companies can’t find enough qualified IT workers for their needs, said Brendan King, chief executive of King & Bishop Inc., a Waltham recruiting company.

September 4, 2014
Data thefts hit 1.2 million Mass. residents in 2013
Nearly one in five Massachusetts residents had their personal or financial information stolen in data breaches last year, a figure driven by a massive data theft at Target Corp. stores, according to a state report set for release Thursday, as cybercrime becomes more frequent, sophisticated, and malicious.

August 29, 2014
Make cybersecurity a priority for your business
All organizations, regardless of industry or size, are subject to cybersecurity risks.

August 29, 2014
Report: Greater Boston trails only Silicon Valley in tech employment
The Greater Boston area ranks second in the nation in tech employment and fourth in tech-related venture capital funding among major U.S. markets, according to a report released Friday from commercial real estate firm Jones Lang Lasalle.

August 29, 2014
Companies lag in revealing data breaches, consumer groups say
Rumors of a data breach at a major New York bank started circulating more than a week ago in cybersecurity circles. So for insiders, news that JPMorgan Chase had been victimized was more confirmation than revelation, the latest headline from a digital crime wave that shows no sign of ebbing.

August 27, 2014
JPMorgan and Other Banks Struck by Hackers
A number of United States banks, including JPMorgan Chase and at least four others, were struck by hackers in a series of coordinated attacks this month, according to four people briefed on a continuing investigation into the crimes.

August 25, 2014
Casualties of Cyber Warfare
American and Chinese companies are getting caught in the crossfire of the brewing cyber war.

August 24, 2014
Market watchdog warns on danger of cyber attack
A global watchdog has sounded the alarm about the growing danger of cyber attacks, on financial markets, warning that companies and regulators around the world need to address the “uneven” response to the threat of online assaults.

August 22, 2014
U.S. Finds ‘Backoff’ Hacker Tool Is Widespread
More than 1,000 American businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target, Supervalu and most recently UPS Stores, the Department of Homeland Security said in an advisory released on Friday.

August 20, 2014 ACSC
New England’s Advanced Cyber Security Center and the Western Cyber Exchange Demonstrate Major Cybersecurity Advancement
In an unprecedented victory for cyber security, the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) in Boston, Mass., and the Western Cyber Exchange (WCX) Network Laboratory in Colorado Springs, Colo., successfully and securely exchanged cyber threat messages using leading cyber analytic tools.

August 5, 2014
Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords
A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.

August 3, 2014
Meet Fortune's 2014 Big Data All-Stars
Big data is about more than big numbers. Meet Fortune’s first class of Big Data All-Stars: 20 extraordinary people who we think are the best at connecting the dots, digging deep, and discovering the information that will transform the way businesses operate.

July 22, 2014
NSA targets college students to fill cyber professionals shortage
In response to a shortage of cyber professionals in the U.S., the National Security Administration is reaching out to a younger crowd: college students. Beginning in 2012, the NSA started its National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations Program at select universities across the nation to attract students to the field.

July 20, 2014
A Tough Corporate Job Asks One Question: Can You Hack It?
Chief information security officers have one of the toughest jobs in the business world: They must stay one step ahead of criminal masterminds in Moscow and military hackers in Shanghai, check off a growing list of compliance boxes and keep close tabs on leaky vendors and reckless employees who upload sensitive data to Dropbox accounts and unlocked iPhones.

July 12, 2014
Defending the digital frontier
Companies, markets and countries are increasingly under attack from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and spies. They need to get much better at protecting themselves, says Martin Giles.

July 11, 2014
The 5 biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)
According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have already been 395 data breaches in the U.S. this year that have been reported to regulators or covered by media outlets, a 21 percent increase over the same period last year.

July 9, 2014
Controversial Cybersecurity Bill Known As CISA Advances Out Of Senate Committee
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted Tuesday to approve a controversial cybersecurity bill known as the Cyber Information Sharing Act (CISA).

June 30, 2014
Energy companies hit by cyber attack from Russia-linked group
The industrial control systems of hundreds of European and US energy companies have been infected by a sophisticated cyber weapon operated by a state-backed group with apparent ties to Russia, according to a leading US online security group.

June 18, 2014 ACSC
Confer and The MITRE Corporation Join Forces to Accelerate Threat Sharing and Operationalize Threat Intelligence
CRITs has already established itself as a key tool in active defense. The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC)—a non-profit consortium, comprised of 27 New England area industry, university, and government organizations, established to address the most advanced cyber threats—leverages CRITs to share threat intelligence among its members.

June 11, 2014
P.F. Chang's May Have Leaked Info on Thousands of Credit Cards
The restuarant chain may be the latest victim of point-of-sale card heisters.

June 10, 2014
Cybercrime costs world economy about $445b, group projects
The likely annual cost of cybercrime and economic espionage to the world economy is more than $445 billion — or almost 1 percent of global income, according to estimates from a Washington think tank.

June 8, 2014
Cyberattack Insurance a Challenge for Business
Julia Roberts’s smile is insured. So are Heidi Klum’s legs, Daniel Craig’s body and Jennifer Lopez’s derrière. But the fastest-growing niche in the industry today is cyberinsurance.

May 30, 2014
Akamai CEO Tom Leighton on the four 'grand challenges' facing the Internet
The past five decades have seen extraordinary advances in computer science and artificial intelligence, but one of the most important was the advent of the Internet.

May 30, 2014 ACSC
Leading cyber minds converge at Hanscom
Organized by the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) and hosted by leaders at Hanscom, the event fostered vigorous discussion about the most efficient and secure ways to store and protect critical data and systems.

May 29, 2014 ACSC
GOVERNOR PATRICK PARTICIPATES IN CYBER SECURITY PANEL TO DISCUSS SECURITY INITIATIVES IN MASSACHUSETTS
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts through the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, Massachusetts Army National Guard, the Information Technology Division and the University of Massachusetts are members of the Advanced Cyber Security Center. The center is a nonprofit consortium that brings together industry, university and government partners to address the most advanced cyber threats.

May 19, 2014
in China Army Face U.S. Charges of Cyberattacks
In the Obama administration’s most direct confrontation with China over its theft of corporate secrets, the Justice Department on Monday unsealed an indictment of five members of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army and charged them with hacking into the networks of Westinghouse Electric, the United States Steel Corporation and other companies.

May 5, 2014
How the Target CEO resignation will affect other execs' security views
Target Corp. announced today that CEO Gregg Steinhafel has stepped down from his position, effective immediately, less than five months after it was discovered the retail giant had been struck by a massive data breach.

May 2, 2014
Boston Business Journal names 2014 CIO Awards winners
Congratulations to ACSC member Chris Perretta of StateStreet for winning BBJ’s 2014 top CIO award!

May 1, 2014
Call for Limits on Web Data of Customers
The White House, hoping to move the national debate over privacy beyond the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities to the practices of companies like Google and Facebook, released a long-anticipated report on Thursday that recommends developing government limits on how private companies make use of the torrent of information they gather from their customers online.

April 27, 2014
State seeks cyber aces
Techies who win code contest to get boost at career job fair

April 25, 2014 ACSC
Kilmer, Tsongas bill will increase military cyber security
Congressman Derek Kilmer (WA-6) and Congresswoman Niki Tsongas (MA-3) announced today they will introduce legislation to make the Department of Defense information technology systems stronger, more efficient and more secure.

April 23, 2014
Around Internet, password fatigue setting in
Protection becomes a not-so-secret frustration

April 10, 2014 ACSC
Getting Serious about Information Sharing for Cybersecurity
Non-profit information sharing organizations such as Boston’s Advanced Cybersecurity Center, the Bay Area Security Council, and ChicagoFirst have shown value in building smaller trust networks across sectors in metropolitan areas. And many for-profit information sharing organizations are also stepping into the game.

April 9, 2014
‘Heartbleed’ Internet security bug is as bad as it sounds
The word “Heartbleed” meant nothing at the start of the week. Today it is one of the hottest topics on the Internet — a simple security bug in an obscure piece of software that could compromise the personal information of millions.

April 4, 2014
The FBI and the growing threat of cyberattacks on Boston's startups
Federal officials and IT-security industry executives are worried that more attacks like the Bit9 hack could be coming soon. They say cyber attacks are posing an increasing threat to small and midsized firms.

March 26, 2014
Law Firms Are Pressed on Security for Data
A growing number of big corporate clients are demanding that their law firms take more steps to guard against online intrusions that could compromise sensitive information as global concerns about hacker threats mount.

March 25, 2014
Allied Minds, MITRE partnership means more funding for cyber security
Allied Minds, Inc., a Boston technology capital investment firm that funds early-stage technologies from U.S. national labs, has partnered with The MITRE Corp., a not-for-profit organization that operates six federally funded research labs, with the aim of commercializing technologies, starting those in the cyber and mobile security field.

March 18, 2014 ACSC
GOVERNOR PATRICK SIGNS $177 MILLION MILITARY BOND BILL
Funding for Hanscom Air Force Base and Barnes Air National Guard Base will support economic growth for municipalities, aid national security efforts

March 2, 2014
Report Calls for Better Backstops to Protect Power Grid From Cyberattacks
Despite rising anxiety over the possibility of a cyberattack on the power grid, the industry and government are not set up well to counter the threat, according to a report produced by leading energy security experts.

February 25, 2014
Next-Generation Cybersecurity Ratchets Up
Silicon Valley is jumping into the effort to find more sophisticated ways of stopping attacks like the one on Target

February 25, 2014
White House, MIT in data privacy workshop
The administration selected the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to help it understand the privacy implications of big data, in which computers — deep inside the NSA or in the offices of Amazon.com Inc. — analyze massive collections of personal information to either uncover potential terror threats or figure out shopping habits.

February 6, 2014
Akamai shares spike 20% on rosy forecast
In a week that started out badly for Akamai Technologies, the firm's shares surged on Thursday after it gave higher-than-expected guidance for first-quarter revenue and profit.

January 31, 2014
'ChewBacca' hackers targeted retailers in 11 countries: RSA
A cyber criminal ring targeting small retailers in 11 countries stole data on 49,000 payment cards using a malicious software known as "ChewBacca" before the operation was shut down, according to a cyber research firm.

January 29, 2014
Massachusetts data breaches, large and small, hit record level in 2013
The number of reported data breaches hit a record level in Massachusetts last year.

January 28, 2014
Akamai Releases Third Quarter, 2013 'State of the Internet' Report
Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the leading provider of cloud services for delivering, optimizing and securing online content and business applications, today released its Third Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report.

January 27, 2014
Techstars enrolls a new class of startups
Mass. ranks 3d with promising companies

January 15, 2014
Startups flock to Biogen Idec hoping to do business
A report released last summer by the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council listed the state as the leading biotechnology cluster in the world, with more than 56,000 jobs — over half in research — and 1,174 drugs under development.

January 6, 2014 ACSC
Network Economics of Cyber Crime with Applications to Financial Service Organizations
In this presentation, Nagurney describes the multidisciplinary research conducted as part of an Advanced Cyber Security Center grant on Cyber Security Risk Analysis and Investment Optimization.

January 3, 2014
Customers paying the price after Target breach
CNBC's Kayla Tauche discusses how big banks can respond to security breaches more quickly than smaller institutions and how that helps their customers.

January 2, 2014
FireEye Computer Security Firm Acquires Mandiant
In a deal that may have broad repercussions for companies and governments fending off sophisticated hackers and state-sponsored digital attacks, FireEye, a provider of security software, has acquired Mandiant, a company known for emergency responses to computer network breaches.