On September 13, 2017, the top cybersecurity executives and researchers from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts gathered in Cambridge for the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum, an event convened by Governor Charlie Baker to focus on ways to expand cybersecurity leadership, drive business growth, develop talent and workforce, and advance technology in the sector. The Forum brought together leaders from the Commonwealth’s roster of world-class technology companies, top academic research institutions, and public officials.
During the Forum, Governor Baker announced the creation of the “Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center at the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative," now called the MassCyberCenter at MassTech, a new public center that aims to connect the cybersecurity ecosystem and promote the training of new cybersecurity workers across the Commonwealth.
The MassCyberCenter is led by a director and is steered by the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council, an economic developement advisory board made up of leaders from both the private and public sector, as well as a separate advisory group that focuses on the critical topic of cybersecurity "resiliency" and is made up of technical and public safety executives that seek to protect the Commonwealth's digital assets.
“Massachusetts is home to many of the world’s leading innovative
companies, accelerators and educational institutions, as well as
an economically competitive climate prepared to host the world’s
emerging cybersecurity industry,” said Governor Baker. “Creating the
Cybersecurity Growth and Development Center at the Massachusetts
Technology Collaborative and the Cybersecurity Strategy Council
will ensure the state serves as a committed partner with businesses,
colleges and universities, and the public sector to continue developing
a talented workforce and to expand our cybersecurity ecosystem.”
- Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker