Who We Are


New England's non-profitmember-drivencross-sector organization operating under an NDA and committed to strengthening member cybersecurity defenses, building effective collaboration with the public sector, and preparing the region's response to large scale cyber threats.

Bringing together the private sector, universities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Commonwealth, the ACSC is uniquely positioned to ensure our members and the region are national leaders in "Collaborative Defense."

About US

The Advanced Cyber Security Center has organized around the concept of  "Collaborative Defense" and designed the following framework to guide our engagements, programs, and projects. 

Launched in 2011 and led by member Chief Information Security Officers, the nonprofit Advanced Cyber Security Center is New England’s public-private cybersecurity leadership collaborative committed to strengthening member cyber defenses and preparing the region to respond to large scale cyber threats as national leaders in “Collaborative Defense.”  The ACSC uniquely brings together leading private sector firms, universities, defense nonprofits, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and is a regional partner with the Department of Homeland Security.

Covered by a robust non-disclosure agreement, trusted networks of member CISOs and their staff, legal counsels and risk officers share and benchmark effective cyber management strategies and board governance roles, engage in cyber range exercises and with communications staff, in joint annual tabletop simulations.

The ACSC is a 501(c)3 organization and was the model for Information Sharing and Analysis Organizations (ISAOs) when Presidential Executive Order 13691 was implemented in 2015. Currently, the ACSC has 21 members representing the financial services, healthcare, technology, and industrial sectors, along with founding members MITRE Corporation and MIT Lincoln Laboratory, Harvard and Northeastern Universities, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

We were honored to receive this citation from The Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a
recognition of our 10th year and longstanding committment to integrate the public and private sectors.


Non-profit information sharing organizations such as Boston’s Advanced Cybersecurity Center… have shown value in building smaller trust networks across sectors in metropolitan areas.
- Michael Daniel, Special Assistant to the President and White House Cybersecurity Coordinator, 2014