Press Release: Left of Boom: How and Where to Invest Across the Kill Chain

October 31, 2014

Exploring Cybersecurity at the ACSC Annual Conference

Boston, MA - Dealing with a cyber attack and the “boom” it creates leaves organizations in a vulnerable and reactionary position for dealing with the adversary and the fallout of the compromise. On a timeline, this right of boom activity could be avoided if there were more proactive left of boom securities in place. The Advanced Cyber Security Center, New England’s premier nonprofit consortium of cyber experts, will convene the nation’s cybersecurity thought leaders and front-line practitioners to explore best practices for threat sharing, to define new methods for next-generation resiliency, and to investigate new approaches to prepare for cyber attacks. The annual conference is being held on November 5, 2014 from 8:30am-5:00pm at The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and will feature a keynote address by Michael Chertoff, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Executive Chairman and Co-Founder, The Chertoff Group.

“As the cyber threat continues to evolve and become more complex, organizations must improve their risk management approaches and actively plan for an attack,” said Michael Chertoff, who is delivering the keynote to address the national cybersecurity perspective. “Leaders need to have confidence that their cybersecurity plans incorporate security along with their business objectives, are clearly understood across the organization, and have effective risk monitoring capabilities to guide security decisions.”

The conference will also feature remarks by Kenneth Montgomery, First Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a founding ACSC member that has helped propel the financial services industry’s leadership on cybersecurity issues.

According to ACSC Board Chairman and Mass Insight CEO William Guenther, “The value in this meeting lies not only in the collaboration we achieve across sectors in New England, but in the perspective on global cyber issues that our national leadership provides. This is a prime opportunity for those tasked with keeping their companies safe to learn from the experts and apply those guidelines to their own organization’s unique landscape left of boom.”

The morning plenary session, moderated by The Security Ledger’s Paul Roberts, is focused on where to invest for greatest impact and will feature additional cyber experts including Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer, Akamai Technologies; Udi Mokady, Founder, President & CEO, CyberArk Software, Ltd; Katie Moussouris, Chief Policy Officer, HackerOne; and Christopher Perretta, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, State Street Corporation.

“Knowing that the threat actors have become more sophisticated and are in our networks, we need to invest in resources that will make our organizations more resilient,” said ACSC Executive Director Charlie Benway. “It’s no longer about keeping criminals out, it’s about how we prepare to deal with them inside once they act.”

Afternoon breakout sessions will focus on specific cyber security challenges including methods to fortify the supply chain; developments in a New England cybersecurity research consortium; best practices for mobile and BYOD security; and the anatomy of a forensics investigation.

Expert panelists include: Yonatan Striem Amit, Chief Technology Officer and Co-Founder, Cybereason; Mel Bernstein, Senior Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education, Northeastern University; ASAC Joseph Bonavolonta, FBI Boston Division CYBER/Counterintelligence Program, Federal Bureau of Investigation; James Caulfield, Assistant Vice President: PKI & PIV-I (Office of the CISO), Federal Reserve Bank National IT; Puneesh Chaudhry, Chief Executive Officer, Copiun, and Investor, Launchpad Venture Group; Gus Coldebella, Partner, Securities Litigation and White Collar Defense Group, Goodwin Procter; Jennifer Glass, Senior Vice President and Director of Security, Eastern Bank; William Guenther, Chairman and Founder, and CEO, Mass Insight; Jim Halpert, Head, US Privacy and Security Practice and Co-Chair Data Protection, Privacy and Security Practice, DLA Piper; Christopher Hart, Associate, Foley Hoag; Alex Lanstein, Engineer, Mandiant/FireEye, Inc.; John McKenna, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Security Officer, Liberty Mutual Group; Davi Ottenheimer, Senior Director of Trust, EMC, Inc.; Christopher Sloan, Assistant Vice President and Senior Corporate Counsel, Liberty Mutual Group; Michael Stewart, Assistant Vice President and Information Security Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Jack Wilson, President Emeritus, University of Massachusetts, and Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Innovation, University of Massachusetts Lowell; and Chris Wysopal, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Veracode.

An annual highlight of the conference, the ACSC Student Poster Session is sponsored by leading venture capital firm .406 Ventures, and is designed to showcase our region’s pipeline of cybersecurity talent and innovation. “This event showcases the students at some of our nation's top universities who continue to drive innovation and provide the potential to discover the ‘next big thing’ in cybersecurity,” said Greg Dracon, partner at .406 Ventures and co-head of the firm's cybersecurity practice. “Even more directly, the event connects emerging technology talent with top cybersecurity industry leaders and influencers.”

Selected by experts from the conference, the winner of Best Cybersecurity Solution receives a cash prize and the platform to present their ideas and entrepreneurship among some of the leading cybersecurity experts who attend the event. The competition is hosted by Howard Shrobe, Associate Director and Principal Research Scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and features graduate, doctoral, and post-doc students from the ACSC’s member universities including MIT, Harvard University, Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts, Boston University, and Worcester Polytechnic Institute, all working to develop next-generation cybersecurity solutions.

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