Maine Cyber Security Cluster (MCSC)
Cyber risk is increasing in Maine. To combat and mitigate the risk, MCSC will: Train cyber security personnel; Conduct assessments in lab and at sites; Provide space, resources, and expertise for Cyber Security Research and Development.
MCSC Featured on CBS News
On September 24 2014 CBS Evening News featured the Maine Cyber Security
Cluster and its laboratory space, located on the USM campus, in a
national story about educating students in arts and science of cyber
security. The video and article can be found here
Posted: September 2014
August Vulnerabilities and Notes from CERT
Posted: August 2014
P.F. Chang's Possible Data Breach
P.F. Chang's announced that it is investigating a possible data breach. Thousands of credit and debit card information may have been stolen.
Read more about it here
Current Vulnerabilities and Notes as Reported by CERT.
Microsoft announced (3/24/2014) an in the wild exploit of Word v. 2003,
2007, 2010, 2011, 2013.
Because of the way Outlook and Word interact on the windows operating
system this should be considered an outlook vulnerability as well but
that portion of the exploit has not been seen in the wild.
The basic outline of the attack is to take advantage of a problem with
how word handles RTF (Rich Text Format) files (*.rtf) to execute code
that will install a backdoor and then other malware will follow.
Microsoft is working on the issue.
This is a "nasty" exploit because it affects many systems and uses the
rtf format that is often used to exchange documents between systems.
Microsoft's technical note can be found here.
For a greater technical discussion click here.
World's Biggest Data Breaches
A visual representation of the world's biggest data breaches. This page will allow you to choose the type of
organization as well as how their data was leaked. Click the image below and take a look!
Vigilant Guard 14 Update:
MCSC in partnership with the Maine Air National Guard were able to
provide simulated and real cyber events to private industry, local,
state and federal agencies as part of the Vigilant Guard 14 disaster
exercise by leveraging students and computer facilities from within
the University of Maine System. In all previous drills of this nature
the cyber event was confined to a "range" with results reported to other
participants and these rarely, if ever, involved teams from multiple
- The event was a success because:
1) We were able to integrate cyber events with other activities and thus provide a more realistic experience for the participants in VG14 and enabling them to complete some of their annual training goals thus saving
money, time while improving the participants ability to respond to various forms of disasters.
2) Students gained work experience both within the cyber security and related fields along with the planning and execution of complex exercises.
3) The Maine Cyber Security Cluster, housed on the USM campus, proved that it was able to act as a nexus of contact between the University of Maine System, private industry,, local, state and federal agencies in the field of cyber security.
- Two near term tangible outgrowths of the VG14 work will be a pair of classes targeting cyber security education and outreach within Maine.
The first of these classes will be a 4 hour event aimed at individuals and small organizations that wish to experience a cyber event and respond
within a controlled environment.
The second of these classes will be a longer term "mini VG14" that will enable an organization to:
- Integrate a cyber event into a larger disaster drill
- Complete some of their annual cyber training
- Test mutual aid for cyber events
The "mini VG14" will also expose students from the University of Maine
System to working with government and industry partners.
News & Updates
MCSC Ribbon Cutting
Posted: August 2014
MCSC will be having it's ribbon cutting event on August 26th, 2014
More information can be found here
MCSC Lab Build Begins!!
Posted: February 1, 2014
After a long process, the Lab is finally taking shape. We will be posting images of the build here so everyone can be part of the process...
Follow the build...
The Lab build is out to bid.
Posted: January 21, 2014
After 18 months of planning, preparation, and testing (including use
during Vigilant Guard 14) the buildout for the Cyber Security Lab is out to bid. Up to this point donations of equipment have been accepted and...
Follow the build...
The 3rd Annual State of IT in Maine Conference
Posted: January 15, 2014
The 2014 Conference is currently being planned. This conference has provided great insight into many innovations in Technology today, and this year will equally enlightening. Stay tuned for more updates.
Images from 2013 Conference...
Posted: February 28,2013
USM is building Maine's First Cyber Security Laboratory.
Follow the Build...
As a shared and secure testing and evaluation environment, it will allow private and public entities to refine their technology infrastructures and code on the fly, help them to clearly identify their competitive
advantage by testing their products against some of the most advanced cyber security products in the world, including testing and evaluating
products from major global vendors before installing these products in their infrastructure, and help entrepreneurs define the true
commercialization potential of their innovations prior to approaching investors....