ACSC launches two research projects, including exploring ‘collaborative defense’

August 22, 2016

The Advanced Cyber Security Center is undertaking two distinctly separate research projects with the same goal of providing important insights for ACSC members.

One project focuses on advancing the concept of “collaborative defense,” engaging every facet of an organization’s operations, both internal and external, to help prevent breaches and limit exposure when breaches do occur. ACSC is convening a “collaborative defense” steering committee that will identify best practices, including how to measure them, and nominate organizations that exemplify best practices.  Nominated organizations will have the opportunity to present at ACSC’s annual conference on Nov. 3.

After the annual meeting, the steering committee will continue to meet with a goal of refining the framework for mature “collaborative defense” leading to a final report of best practices.

“Ultimately, the goal is to foster more private sector cyber defense collaboration,” said William Guenther, board chairman of ACSC. “The first step is to present measurable models of success.”

The other ACSC research project aims to measure the scope of the Boston’s cybersecurity industry, including total jobs and projected job growth, while also assessing Boston’s potential in the national and international cybersecurity landscape. The report will offer specific policy recommendations to help foster growth in Boston’s already burgeoning cybersecurity sector.