ACSC Launching New CyberStories Project

September 25, 2017

The ACSC, in collaboration with Director-in-Residence for Community Engagement Kasha Gauthier, is thrilled to announce a new research project, “CyberStories: Unlocking the Human Potential of Cybersecurity.” The project will launch at the Infosecurity North America Conference at a special event on October 5, 2017.

Too often in the Information Security industry, technology and tools are sought as a panacea and human aspects are treated as an afterthought. We believe a more secure digital world is primarily dependent upon the people of the information security community. As security threats proliferate in size, complexity and impact, now is the time for us find new ways to work better together. CyberStories shares personal experiences and on-the-ground solutions for the most important issues facing our industry. "Our stories have the power to connect us," explained Gauthier. "With this series, we hope to deepen the understanding and trust that is vital to our shared mission and the survival of our infosec community."

From every corner of cybersecurity, CyberStories contributors are sharing their stories because they believe we are stronger when we connect with one another in an authentic way. In fact, the ACSC hopes that the project will create one of the largest archives of personal stories in security. We hope that by telling our stories we will go beyond the headlines and abstract data to build the deeper understanding and collaboration necessary to make real and lasting progress. 

The first CyberStories issue we will explore is Women in Infosec. Women graduate with computer science degrees today at a lower percentage than in the 1980’s, and the rate of women in Infosec is stagnant at ~11%, one of the lowest of any STEM field. Rates of representation by women of color or at the executive levels are even lower and by some estimates are an abysmal 1-2%. Behind these statistics is a reality that cybersecurity is missing out on a huge pool of talent at a time when the skills shortage is at an all-time high. "ACSC members are seeking practical solutions for building a new culture of inclusiveness that will make cybersecurity careers more attractive and encourage workforce expansion," said Michael Figueroa, ACSC Executive Director. "I believe that understanding the human dynamics behind the statistics can unlock a tremendous opportunity for our industry to grow and thrive."

About Us

The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC) is a non-profit and cross-sector regional collaborative that is focused on building a stronger community defense by harnessing the collective resources of its members to solve common cyber security problems. As a leading federally-registered regional Information Sharing and Analysis Organization (ISAO), the ACSC serves as a security community hub that encourages cross-sector collaboration, taps advanced technology solutions, and promotes effective practices to help organizations strengthen their own cyber defense. At the same time, the ACSC deepens the capacity of the broader cyber community by enabling organizations to collectively address common problems, reduce duplicative effort, and establish a new baseline for security across Massachusetts and the New England regional community.

Kasha began working with the ACSC in May 2017, and brings her experience, including eight years in Information security and over a decade in audit and risk management, to this project. She’s held various strategic and operational roles across RSA Security, and most recently served as the CFO/COO of Pwnie Express, an information security startup.