BEDFORD, Mass. – –(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 21, 2011– More than 200 leaders from industry, academia, and government joined Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Attorney General Martha Coakley on September 20 for the official launch of the Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC). An initiative of Mass Insight Global Partnerships hosted at The MITRE Corporation in Bedford, Mass., the Center is a next-generation collaboration of industry, university, and government research partners, in which the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a charter member. It enables operational, real-time data-sharing about advanced cyber threats and establishes a platform for industry researchers to engage New England’s world-class research universities in a new model for collaborative research and development (R&D) and education partnerships.
Founded in 2010 at MITRE, the ACSC is the product of a three-year development effort that began with a Mass Insight/McKinsey study on the IT and defense sectors in Massachusetts. The Center leverages the region’s significant resources to expand the information technology (IT) sector and support other major IT-dependent sectors such as financial services, defense, healthcare and utilities, and to play a national role in developing solutions to cyber threats. The ACSC also positions Massachusetts and the New England region to compete for talent and jobs in this critical area of economic and national security.