Director, Massachusetts Cybersecurity Center at MassTech
On September 13, 2017, Governor Charlie Baker announced the creation of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Center (MassCyberCenter) to be located at the Mass Tech Collaborative (MassTech). MassTech is a statewide economic development agency focused on improving the conditions for growth in the state’s innovation economy.
The Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development (EOHED), working in close collaboration with both Members of the Governor’s Cybersecurity Strategy Council as well as the Board of Directors of the Mass Tech Collaborative, is seeking a Director who can serve as the “state’s agent” to lead this effort to support growth in the Commonwealth’s Cybersecurity industry cluster. The successful candidate will be an individual who understands current dynamics in the cybersecurity marketplace and will be capable of leading an inclusive public initiative designed to grow an industry cluster to address cyber threats in the region.
The Massachusetts Cybersecurity Center (MassCyberCenter) is the platform upon which state, industry, university, and nonprofit stakeholders organize and integrate a shared action agenda that advances the Commonwealth’s reputation as a recognized global leader in the development and deployment of advanced cybersecurity technologies, systems and solutions.
The MassCyberCenter is the centerpiece of the Baker/Polito Administration’s efforts in support of the State’s Cybersecurity Cluster and is intended to synchronize and support the immense capabilities available throughout the region’s cybersecurity ecosystem to address the talent, technology, capital and other operating and infrastructure needs of the Cluster. Having been embraced by key stakeholders across the landscape, the MassCyberCenter is responsible for the establishment, implementation and ongoing coordinated execution of a statewide cybersecurity strategy and action agenda.
This appointment completes the full launch of the Governor’s Massachusetts Cybersecurity Initiative. It provides a rare opportunity for a proven entrepreneur or seasoned executive to leverage previous professional experience in a civic engagement focused on improving economic conditions for growth in the state’s cybersecurity industry sector. The Director must be prepared to champion the state’s vision for growth and, more importantly, find ways to leverage and enhance the performance of individuals and organizations across the Commonwealth, ensuring that the Cybersecurity industry cluster embraces a shared vision and action agenda.
Under the guidance of the Chairperson of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council and through the support of colleagues at the Mass Tech Collaborative, the Director will identify gaps and unmet market needs on the cybersecurity landscape in Massachusetts. The Director will work closely with colleagues and key stakeholders to organize, develop and advocate projects and activities to address the unmet needs.
The most compelling near-term focus of the Director will be to fully engage with key stakeholders around the finalization of the Cybersecurity Strategic Plan, currently in draft form, and execute on priority recommendations. The Director will be responsible to regularly brief state officials on the status of efforts and, from day one, will have lead responsibility for communicating, both within and beyond Massachusetts, the many ways that Massachusetts provides the best environment for starting or growing cybersecurity businesses or other cybersecurity related activities.
This position is based in the MassTech Westborough office with some travel to the MassTech Boston office and meetings across the state.
Under the supervision of the CEO of the Mass Tech Collaborative and with the guidance of the Chairman of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council, the Director, Massachusetts Cybersecurity Center at MassTech, will perform the following:
- Work with the Chairperson to engage members of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategy Council and other key stakeholders across the Commonwealth;
- Refine the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Strategic Plan and shared action agenda, generating excitement around the mission to further advance Massachusetts as a recognized global leader in the development and deployment of advanced cybersecurity technologies and systems;
- Work with the Massachusetts state government (executive and legislative branches as necessary) to assist in the development and execution of a Commonwealth wide Cybersecurity Strategy that incorporates both the public and private sectors;
- Continuously analyze market gaps in the cybersecurity ecosystem and adjust the state’s strategic plan that are necessitated by new findings;
- Evaluate and engage around those cybersecurity initiatives already underway across the Commonwealth;
- Ramp up program support activities within the following priority areas: Ecosystem Support; Increased Cyber Resiliency in Massachusetts, Innovation and Workforce measures;
- Organize Working Groups and staff to support efforts to design and implement high impact programs and activities;
- Work in collaboration with MassTech’s Communications Office and stakeholder organizations to develop messaging campaigns around the strengths of the cybersecurity cluster in Massachusetts (e.g. OpEds, Website, Podcasts, social media efforts, etc.);
- Oversee the Annual Massachusetts Cybersecurity Forum and other high-value policy and education forums;
- Participate in and expand efforts to attract and support existing cybersecurity firms in Massachusetts;
- Engage and address the needs of cybersecurity entrepreneurs and startups in Massachusetts;
- Work with universities and nonprofit research centers to identify ways to improve the competitiveness of the Cybersecurity industry sector in Massachusetts;
- Keep current the data collection and analysis of the competitive position of the Massachusetts Cybersecurity Industry Cluster.
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in business, technology, or related field.
- A master’s degree is desirable.
- Executive management experience in positions involving business, technology or public administration, with concentrations in matters relevant to industry competitiveness and the growth of technology firms.
- Similar work experience that demonstrates an ability to lead a far reaching, outwardly facing enterprise.
- Experience leading/managing initiatives involving genuine collaboration between industry, academia and government.
- Work experience that substantiates a demonstrated passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and industrial growth in a sector or discipline.