Advanced Cyber Security Center Names New Executive Director

August 22, 2013

For Immediate Release
Contact: Tom De Santes, Mass Insight,
tdesantes@massinsight.com (617)778-1537

Boston, MA –  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. Advising the ACSC Board in the national search were cyber security experts Melissa Hathaway of Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Michael Brown, Vice President and General Manager of RSA Federal Business, The Security Division of EMC.

“We are pleased to announce this leadership appointment,” said ACSC Board Chair William H. Guenther, Founder & CEO of Mass Insight, which launched and supports the initiative. “Charlie brings proven leadership, an entrepreneurial background in the defense sector, and recent experience organizing collaborative public policy initiatives in Massachusetts connecting the state, defense assets in the region, and the federal government.”

Benway begins his leadership role at the ACSC during a period of national recognition for its model of peer-to-peer, cross-sector collaboration among close to 30 industry, university, and government partners. Charter members dedicated four years to business planning and a technical group pilot, which in 2011 transitioned to a comprehensive non-profit launched to address the most advanced cyber threats. Based at The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, MA and with leadership from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, the ACSC maximizes the region’s leadership and resources to protect the nation’s public and private information systems and critical infrastructure through three initiatives: (1) peer-to-peer cyber threat sharing, (2) R+D and education partnerships with universities and (3) policies that support the threat- sharing initiatives.

Benway will further the ACSC’s 2013-14 agenda through continued improvement of the model peer-to-peer threat-sharing, including introduction of new Mitre-licensed technology platforms and implementation of big data security analytics partnerships between industry members and UMass Amherst, MIT and BU. He will also lead programs to enhance and promote educational internships between university and corporate members to develop high-quality learning opportunities for students to gain the hands-on experience required for cyber security.

“I look forward to furthering the mission of the ACSC,” said Benway. “This is an opportunity to work with some of the most strategic minds in cyber security, who have not only supported a unique, regional consortium, but have built a collaborative model with national significance.”

Bringing over 25 years experience to the ACSC, Benway most recently served as the executive vice president for the Defense Technology Initiative (DTI) housed at the Massachusetts High Technology Council. With a particular focus on linking Hanscom Air Force Base and its cyber security role to the regional defense sector, he engaged private and public defense sector senior leaders from government, industry, and academia to develop and implement a result-oriented agenda to support military installations and the defense sector.

Previously, he spent 25 years in management roles at several defense firms including chief operating officer and a major partner in Oasis Systems, Inc. where he planned and implemented Oasis’ successful expansion over ten years. With his leadership, this defense software and services firm supporting the Air Force grew to over 400 employees with $60M in annual revenues and a defense contract portfolio valued at $360M.

Prior to becoming Oasis COO Charlie was senior vice president, Systems Engineering Group (SEG) for ACS Defense, Inc., where he successfully developed and managed an $80M per year IT, engineering, acquisition, technical, and management services organization with a global technical workforce of over 650 professionals.

The Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), a non-profit corporation with 28 member institutions supported by Mass Insight Global Partnerships, brings together industry, university, and government organizations to address the most sophisticated advanced cyber threats. Driven by collaboration, the ACSC develops unique approaches to sharing cyber threat informa¬tion, to creating educa¬tion programs that will address the shortfall in cyber talent, and to engaging in next-generation cyber security research and development, both in New England and across the U.S. Visit: www.ACSCenter.org
 

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