(a) There shall be established within the corporation a Massachusetts cybersecurity
center. The purpose of the center shall be to enhance the conditions for economic growth
through outreach to the cybersecurity industry cluster in the commonwealth and to
foster cybersecurity resiliency through communication, collaboration and outreach
with state agencies, municipalities, educational institutions and private partners.
(b) The center shall carry out the purposes of the fund established in section 4H.
(c) The center shall be responsible for convening state and local officials and private
sector participants to recommend actions needed to address the cybersecurity resiliency
of the commonwealth. The center may also convene regional hubs for business development to support cybersecurity
entrepreneurs that are establishing innovative technologies to support resiliency.
(d) The center shall work in collaboration with private sector entities, educational
institutions and state and local government to address cybersecurity issues, including,
but not limited to: (i) improving the cybersecurity of organizations across the commonwealth,
particularly municipalities, small businesses and non-profits, without access to affordable
resources to defend against cybersecurity threats and to maintain cyber resiliency;
(ii) the shortage of trained workers available to meet the cybersecurity industry’s
workforce demands, with a particular focus on increasing the diversity of the cybersecurity
workforce; and (iii) the lack of affordable cybersecurity training for employees
in all types of businesses.
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