August 18, 2017
 
Advanced Cyber Security Center Appoints Michael Figueroa as ED

Michael Figueroa
December 2, 2016 — The Advanced Cyber Security Center, a Boston nonprofit that promotes best practices and threat sharing in cyber defense, this week announced that Michael Figueroa has been named executive director.

Figueroa succeeds Charlie Benway, who served in the position until stepping down last April to run the Massachusetts Innovation Bridge, a partnership between the state and the nonprofit MITRE Corporation.

Ken Montgomery, chair of the search committee at Advanced Cyber Security Center (ACSC), said “Michael brings to this role significant experience and a reputation for high performance in a variety of senior cybersecurity positions."

Figueroa’s most recently was at Draper Labs where he was the innovations and services lead for Cyber Systems, serving as the business operations lead for incubation of the Dover Inherently Secure Processor. His other past roles included senior research engineer at BAE Systems, senior vice president at InfusionPoints, and chief security information officer at IXI Corporation.

Figueroa received his Bachelor of Science degree in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and his Master of Forensic Science degree from George Washington University, with a focus on Incident Response. He has spoken and published articles on cybersecurity issues.

ACSC brings together industry, university, and government organizations to address the most advanced cyber threats. It focuses on sharing cyber threat information, engaging in next-generation cybersecurity research and development, creating education programs to address the shortfall in cyber talent, and advancing public policies that will enhance security.

ACSC aims to establish New England as a major region for cybersecurity research and development, education, and thought leadership, building on cybersecurity strengths already existing in New England, by increasing the collaboration to address cybersecurity threats.

Nonprofits are subject to data breaches and security threats as much as any other organization and should take steps to protect their information systems.

"Data, the foundation of every nonprofit, is under near-constant threat," according to security expert Steve Snyder. Read more.

"As more nonprofit organizations consider moving their information and data processing systems to off-site locations accessible via the Internet—generally known as “the cloud”—they need to proceed carefully, because while such a move can deliver potentially important benefits it is complex," according to Boyd Fisher. Read more.

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